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PRIZES TIME: Insight Annual Round-up 2013: Join our panel, let us know what you’ve enjoyed this year or what you’d like us to do next year - chances to win! NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Dec-13 14:11:48

The time has come for the insight team at MNHQ to do our annual round up of the year, to plead for those of you not yet on our panel to sign up and to thank you all for taking part in some amazing projects this year!

(In case you don't know insight covers surveys, product events, product tests and sponsored threads on MN, as well as bloggers reviews, and reviewers recruitment)

Let us know what you think on this thread and you could win another prize!

We've got the following to give away....

~ A George Foreman entertaining 10 portion grill & griddle worth £69.99

~ £100 to spend on Method products for a shiny and squeaky clean-up in your home

~ Four sharing packs of Magnum chocolates worth £24 each.

All details are here:

In 2013 we have given away over £38,000 worth of prizes in the form of vouchers, books, beauty products, hampers and technology.

You have tested over £75,000 worth of products - including thoroughly testing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, busting bugs with Lyclear and getting 'touched-up' clean with Mr Muscle!
We've gone all creative with food and leftovers with some amazing creations for Cadbury Pebbles, cooked once/ eaten twice with Colman's and even tried out pans for Tesco and Fissler

We've given hundreds of you a sneak preview of top kids movies: Cloudy2 and Despicable Me 2

On cars - MNers have been busy trying out the Toyota Verso, Toyota Auris hybrid and Toyota RAV4 - check out the videos here

And you've been sharing tips, experiences and comments on sponsored threads on everything from garden make-overs for B&Q, summer feet prep for Clarks, gluten free baking with Mrs Crimble to hot drinks for Tassimo smile

What have you enjoyed taking part in this year? Or appreciated reading about? What would you like us to product test next year?

Most of the product tests are on site but we also do a lot of projects with our lovely research panel, as well as often giving them the heads up about the latest things and chances to win on site. If you are not yet on our panel please see this link for more info or to sign up. You can select how often you get emailed and you can leave at any time if it's not for you.

So to win one of the lovely prizes please do one of the following:
~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about
~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)
~ Join the panel

Lastly - it's with much sadness that we report KatieBMumsnet is sadly off to pastures new at the end of the year sad.

Thanks as ever for your time and feedback - all very much welcome fgrin

AnnMumsnet, TheOtherHelenMumsnet, KatieBMumsnet (sob), AngelieMumsnet and MichelleMumsnet

Fillybuster Mon 16-Dec-13 16:20:03

sad KatieBMumsnet <wails> <sob> You will be missed! Good luck with the new job...but they won't drink as much gin be as naice as the MN Towers ladies!

Feedback on this year:

1. I didn't get selected much sad And I know why's cos too many other blardy MNers are signed up to the Insight and Product Trials lists these days sad Well, I was here first.... grin Well, we did get the Mr Muscle kitchen touch up cleaner (surprisingly brilliant) and the Lyclear ('nuff said sad ) but that was it.

2. I love the food trials, but there wasn't much actual food this year - it was all sauces, stock cubes etc. Please can we have breakfast cereals; staples such as pasta and rice (supermarket own brand and the posh stuff), flour and so on; crisps and snacks (for adults/older kids, not just Organix); and 'proper' chocolate. More cleaning and laundry products would be good too: carpet cleaners, stain removers etc.

3. More household electricals please: vacuum cleaners, kitchen mixers, microwaves (I need a new one!), rice cookers, steamers etc

4. Kitchen basics: knives, bakeware and so on.

5. Toys for older children...unless I missed something, I don't think there were any this year? Board games, electrical hand-held devices, garden toys...??

6. Wine and gin. Need I say more?

Can we have some more London events please? The goats cheese cookery session a few years ago, and tea with Davina last year, were two of my all-time MN absolute highlights.

Thanks smile

CMOTDibbler Mon 16-Dec-13 16:32:07

Bye Katie, hope the new roles great with lots of gin!

I love doing the product reviews, and its so interesting to read what people genuinely think about the products.

I'm open to testing anything to be honest - skincare is always good.

And events in Birmingham would be good - I'd have loved to have done Speedo or cheese, but its too far to come for a few hours

Hopezibah Mon 16-Dec-13 17:14:08

~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about

I've enjoyed reading about pretty much everything! It is always useful to see others opinions and just by the very fact that they are being tested / researched helps us find out about those products and puts them on our radar to try out even if we don't get picked for the product test.

The Mr Muscle cleaner was a good one - I still use mine all the time! Also loved Ecover wipes - I buy them a lot too now (was that this year or last year? might have been last year).

I enjoyed watching the George foreman videos as it opened my eyes to what it could be used for - fantastic ideas there!

~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)

I think more cleaning products (especially eco-friendly ones) and bigger product tests that give lots of people the chance to try out - gives it a fairer feel to the answers as I remember some things some people really don't like, whilst others do so it helps give a balance.

REALLY REALLY loved taking part in the Cadbury pebbles creation and loved that it was a creative task to do which was then judged so it helped me focus on putting lots of effort into it.

~ Join the panel - already a member and love it - thanks!

All the best to Katie B - thanks for all your hard work - you'll be missed. xxx

I liked getting cleaning products for dp to try out! Was really disappointed not to be chosen for the M&S shapewear.

Would love to see more things for teenagers - eg teen skincare products, and would love for more of the food tests to be more veggie-friendly.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 16-Dec-13 19:04:07

I'm happy to test anything, but food and drink would be my favourite. glutton grin

RubyRR Mon 16-Dec-13 19:07:13

We had an amazing time at Despicable me 2, made fabulous memories on the day which are revived by the adverts on at the moment for the DVD. I love seeing the product tests listed, I'd never ever have bought cif cleaner again after my previous experiences but my bathroom gleams (still wish I hadn't used it on the kitchen workshops though!)
Thanks mumsnet I love the hoping and checking of my email in case I've been selected. I'm sorry to see KatieB going, good luck in your new venture.

NettleTea Mon 16-Dec-13 19:50:53

I really enjoy the surveys and product testing (as does my daughter who gets very excited about any delivery, no matter what the product!) and its good to actually see conclusions for whats tested.
and byebye KatieB

would like to attend more events if possible and maybe try out more stuff for older kids

KnitActually Mon 16-Dec-13 21:29:52

Surely it can't be this time of year again! Clearly, the best thing I got to do this year was check whether Butlins was family friendly smile lovely, it felt like we'd won the lottery. But, I also really enjoyed the test of the cold-pressed rape seed oil, I've become a bit of an evangelist.

I enoyed reading about hybrid cars, they didn't fully convince me, but it was really good to see them responding to the thread.

Thanks mumsnet (and thank you and bye bye to KatieMumsnet sad )

sharond101 Mon 16-Dec-13 21:50:39

~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about
I enjoyed the Mr Muscle and have continued using it. I loved responding to the P&O Ferry survey but that was mostly as I won the prize draw for leaving a message on the thread. I was very excited at the prospect of test driving a Toyota or taking part in the Samsung product test, sadly I was not recruited to either. I would have liked to be a part of the Family Friendly restaurant tests as we visit Table Table frequently. I thought the reviews were great though.
~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!) I would like to see more events North of the Border, Scotland seems to miss out quite a bit and in the Toyota thread only Edinburgh was available for pick up, what about Glasgow?
I would like to try out some items which I can pamper myself with, face creams, make up, lip balms, cleansing brushes etc.
I would like to mystery shop Family Friendly venues for Insight too. MAybe Frankie and Benny's, Pizza HUt, Brewers Fayre, Smyths toys etc.
~ Join the panel

OodKingWenceslas Mon 16-Dec-13 21:57:44

I haven't been picked for anything this year and I do every bloody survey we are eligible for the only ones I've read have been the car ones as we are planning a new car at somepoint soon.
I'd like to see less geographic specific trials as I'm always too far away!

CozyOtter Mon 16-Dec-13 22:11:15

We really enjoyed the Cadbury's Pebble trial! Fun making the cake...and then eating it!

Hmmm...what would I like to see more of...

Perhaps some more gadget testing?

DinoSnores Mon 16-Dec-13 22:28:55

So to win one of the lovely prizes please do one of the following:
~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about
~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)
~ Join the panel

I've won a few things and been involved in a few product tests. I agree the Mr Muscle was a surprising hit. I never would have bought it before but do now, so their marketing has worked!

As for what to do in the future, more kitchen items would be good or more beauty items. The family friendly mystery visiting/shopping is interesting and quite good fun so happy doing that.

WaitingForPeterWimsey Mon 16-Dec-13 23:13:02

Love the product tests!

serin Mon 16-Dec-13 23:13:38

Well I got selected for the Cadbury pebbles but it ended badly as the dog got to the packet before we did sad He is only small and they made him poorly.

In applying I just didn't make the connection that they would be pushed though the door.

I would like to see more family holidays tried and tested and more things for older children.

Good luck katieMumsnet, is your new job with Hendricks or the Botanist grin

loubielou31 Mon 16-Dec-13 23:21:46

The Tesco school uniform test was brilliant, (and their uniform is holding up really well) another of those would be excellent.

Like another poster food tests, or bakeware tests would be right up my street. I always "need" new baking trays and cake tins.

A camping gear test of some kind would be great, we're always on the look our for new essential gadgets.

The things I read most often are the family friendly tests.

yegodsandlittlefishes Mon 16-Dec-13 23:48:37

Thank you and best wishes to KatieBMN.

Ive enjoyed the more creative testing, such as the cooking and coming up with ideas and suggestions. I liked that there were clear age related tests that my children were too old for, and that I had to opt in for things. I think that works well with busy family life/work/health issues where sometimes you just cannot add one more little thing or the whole lot could come tumbling down!

One thing I wasn't entirely happy about was when there was a delay before products were sent for testing. (I then got ill and so busy and it just became difficult.) There was a very long and repetative survey (something about cars) which had about 4 sections of about 20 questions. That was annoying.

I really liked getting the Hellmanns and the steam cleaner. Felt like a winner getting those!

It would be good to have things to test whichcare particularly relevant to teenagers pets and outdoor clothing. Healthy snacks and drinks, gadgets, phone apps, things to make the world a better place, home decorating, lighting, flooring, crafts, magazines, educational products, storage ideas, multi purpose gadgets, solutions to common household problems (eg black mould in bathrooms; lack of storage space; clutter; ways to store/ display photos; school/club letters storage; twigs and pebbly shit would all be good to test on MN.

KateOxford Tue 17-Dec-13 01:10:29

I enjoyed testing the Pampers pull ups and now use them for my son. I also wouldn't have found the Red Cross first aid app were it not for seeing it here to test and I think that's brilliant. I enjoyed reading recently about the National Trust venues - more days out/ attractions would be good to see reviewed. It would be good to have toys reviewed; games or play sets which can be expensive to buy when you don't know how worthwhile they will be. Baby feeding equipment especially things like beakers, travel cutlery, roll up bibs.. All sound wonderful but are they worth the money and easy to use. On the insight board it would he helpful to have a closing date for making comments, often I've intended on completing it on the computer rather than my phone and then found I've missed it. Or at least state closing soon. I would love to take part in some mystery shopping, I've found it helpful reading other reviews of this type. I agree with another comment that it's frustrating when things are sent out very slowly, it's hard to remember what the original criteria was and complete the test. I'm pleased I was selected to test some things and hope to do so again next year.

elizaco Tue 17-Dec-13 03:04:06

Love the variety of product you offer for testing. This year I've taken part in the Mr Muscle test and Cadbury's Pebbles - I think that's all. Love checking the site to see what's next!

Workberk Tue 17-Dec-13 07:50:27

I haven't been selected for anything yet but I am a bit slack at getting involved in threads.

I'd like to see more Eco products. I love Method! And beauty / skincare products...

redgate Tue 17-Dec-13 10:51:23

It has been my first year in the panel, and we have found it really interesting. Been chosen for a few things and am happy about that. Good range of different things, like the useful stuff like the Mr Muscle and Method. Would like to see more toiletries and food on there please smile

I didn't get selected for much this year but was on the chocolate panel.
Quite enjoyed doing it and wasn't expecting a bag of treats at the end grin

Next year Id like to see supermarket product and price comparisons. Where has value ranges that are actually good value for money?

SolidGold Tue 17-Dec-13 11:48:12

Testing the Mr Muscle cleaner was great. Didn't get much else this year though hmm

Please please please let us test more chocolate, really, really good chocolate! [hopeful face]

BornToFolk Tue 17-Dec-13 12:23:34

I didn't get selected for much this year sad but in fairness, I think that's due to my reluctance to do anything that requires video or photos to be submitted [lazy]

I do enjoy the food and drink tests, especially when DS can be involved. He really likes being a tester and takes it very seriously! I can't remember if the Cadbury eggs were this year or last year, but they were very popular.

I'd love to one of the special days out, like the Despicable Me screening. I'll definitely be signing up for more of those next year.

Thanks MN for the opportunity to try stuff and good luck KatieB! thanks

CrewElla Tue 17-Dec-13 12:39:22

What have you enjoyed taking part in this year?
I've appreciated being led to the Red Cross app, I didn't know about it before and I am impressed that they've created a free app.

Or appreciated reading about?
I like watching the people carrier videos - we will need to buy one soon and it was good to see them in action by real people

What would you like us to product test next year?
Rainwear, outdoor gear, LittleLife back carriers - we like being outside :-)

manfalou Tue 17-Dec-13 13:11:07

~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about

I really enjoyed the Schwartz trial, we have carried on buying a couple of their packet mixes and introduced new meals into our weekly menus. I also like the Amazon family trial, I had seen it before on Amazon but was too scared to trial it... although the Subscribe and save didn't do much too me, I realised how much I loved the next day delivery on the products and how much I saved!

I enjoyed reading the Toyota adventure route thread... so many things that we can do and I didn't know about... on our list for next year! The recent thread about lube accepting your chances whilst TTC was interesting... I've passed that info onto a couple of friends who are currently TTC. The B&Q unloved rooms threads were a good read too.

~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)

Id like to see more film previews at different places in the country and more of the 'days out' type reviews up north, didn't apply for any of them because there wasn't anything in the midlands area. Also to trial more toys... sometimes its difficult to see real reviews of toys that are advertised.

Maiyakat Tue 17-Dec-13 13:17:16

I haven't been selected for any product tests so hoping to get the chance next year! Anything food related, family days out, household equipment.

I like the fact that the surveys are usually quick and easy to complete.

gazzalw Tue 17-Dec-13 14:02:53

I have enjoyed the trials we've participated in although I can't recall that many off the top of my head fhmm! DW particularly liked the Speedo one with the DCs (and so did they) - it was very well-timed from our DD's point of view and definitely had a very positive impact. Also the Rape Seed Oil one was a real relevation to my family. Currently doing the Flora one too.

Yes, yes to family days out particularly things which cut across age-groups. I was a bit disappointed that the Chessington World of Adventure one was pitched at the under-fives. Theme Parks are one of the few options for those of us with teens/tweens and younger children which prove popular with all concerned. There needs to be more awareness on Mumsnet that a lot of families do have children across the age-ranges and that is a huge potential market to be addressed in terms of holiday bookings/days out/things to do! HINT!

lorka Tue 17-Dec-13 15:11:20

I have really enjoyed trying out Mr Muscle and reading reviews. I bought a few things after reading how others have got on using them. I would happily test anything and my children love to help too. Some trials for tweenies would be good - smelly stuff or toiletries especially designed for older boys as I find this hard to find. Would love to do some mystery shopping and to include more Scottish venues as well!! smile

Ive really enjoyed taking part in the product trials, particularly the Sainsburys mobile network, Mr Muscle cleaner and Cadbury Pebbles. it would be nice next year if you could get a lot more trials for us to apply for, simply because there are so many of us!!!.

Steffanoid Tue 17-Dec-13 21:10:19

ive thoroughly enjoyed being on the panel altgough ove npt tested any products yet I have enjoyed answering the surveys.
things I hope for are some product tests for me grin

shaktar Tue 17-Dec-13 21:31:56

No product tests for me yet either but hoping for some in 2014 - I love a good gadget especially. And food. And beauty products to distract from all the food.

I've enjoyed the surveys as they are usually really quick to do plus the way the emails are worded really makes you feel that you are contributing.

Steffanoid Tue 17-Dec-13 22:36:11

ooh yes to more chocolate testing maybe some cheeky hotel chocolat ones

ps I am on the flora panel forgot all about that I need to get my bake on when the voucher arrives grin

kateandme Wed 18-Dec-13 05:31:07

i didnt get picked much.but i enjoyed being given the opporutnity to answer insght surverys and comment on here about child safety,foods,new products,electrical things.
i felt part of something.
id like to be chosen more but i understand there must be lots of people who want to on here.

id like to give opinions on anything as one thing i have learn from being on here is that opinions i have given on things i wouldnt normaly think about have helped me too.

CheeryCherry Wed 18-Dec-13 06:49:01

I tested the Method kitchen cleaner, it was great. We did the cadbury pebbles task - and forgot to see which one won! Also just did the flora one and the rapeseed oil. Bit of a food theme I notice!
I would love to test more household gadgets ice steam cleaners ( didn't get picked for that one), or pet products, or toiletries for me or my teens. And more foodie ones of course!
Thanks for all those opportunities, and good luck to KatieB!

CheeseTMouse Wed 18-Dec-13 12:29:50

I've only recently started doing this, but I have enjoyed being asked for my opinion on various topics and having a chance to consider questions you wouldn't normally think of in detail. I thought the recent fire safety video was really sensible and I have implemented a couple of ideas from that.

As far as product tests go, I haven't yet done one, but really practical stuff appeals - so cleaning bits and anything that makes life easier with a baby. An example might be that I accidentally found that a particular sling really suited my daughter and having the chance to try it out before buying really helped before spending the money.

vincenta Wed 18-Dec-13 16:43:11

First off all thank you Mumsnet I really enjoy to be part insight panel! This year was especially lucky as I was choosen to test Tesco school uniform, Blossom Hill Vie, Method laundry detergent and Cadbury Pebbles.
By the way mumsnet somehow is responsible for my new phone. I didn't get Samsung S4 to trial (I would love to as my samsung galaxy ace couldn't cope with my everyday demand) and my husband decided to cheer me up and I got new phone.It was very unexpected.Not Samsung but still can't complain as Google Nexus 5 works brilliantly!smile
Next year I would love to trial toys for bigger boys (like 4+ years olds),games,food,wine,kitchen gadgets, hoovers, cleaning products ad all other stuff which makes mum life easier!

Punkatheart Wed 18-Dec-13 17:23:39

I loved the Mayo thread, the Barclays' app stuff.

Chocolate and cheese are the best things in the world. Particularly brie.

AmandinePoulain Wed 18-Dec-13 17:53:51

Thanks for the elc toys, but I really think Mothercare need to pull their socks up and the panel hasn't had much opportunity to actually do anything. I know I'm like a broken record but my local store is still awful. I really thought that by getting involved things would change sad

Thanks for my aldi nappies, still going through them, last box arrived today smile

iwantavuvezela Wed 18-Dec-13 18:14:50

I enjoyed been selected to take part in two tasks, one banking and one to try out a restaurant, and then send feedback. That was fun! I also got an amazon voucher each time and that was a really great incentive/prize.
I like the book give always, and have been sent a few books over the years for which I am grateful
I only try out for things I would really like, or commit to doing, I don't want to get something that might be needed by someone else.

I think some toys/activities would be great to test run, as well as different things for adults, like a cocktail course, a cooking workshop, types of things I always want to do, but never do. I would read the feedback on those from others.

Overall I like that there are plenty of opportunities and perhaps a prize! So thank you

Thoroughly enjoyed being on the Chocolate Panel, and the treats pack was a lovely little surprise thank you. Thank you for the opportunity, MN. It was interesting.

Very happy to more of that sort of thing - with any products that need the market research - but I never ever win prizes on anything, so have abandoned all hope in that department.

Wincher Wed 18-Dec-13 18:34:11

I tried out Pampers pull ups this year (and now use them for my son) and I also went to the mothercare open event which was fun. I enjoy reading feedback of product trials but always felt a bit miffed when it's one I didn't get picked for!

MrsVaughnRice Wed 18-Dec-13 18:48:39

Enjoyed the Despicable Me screening a lot, a really good day out and a super film.

Liked testing the Mr Muscle kitchen thingy, not convinced at the time but actually now I've run out I find myself missing it, so I might succumb to buying a replacement.

I'd love trials of toys and gadgets for older children. Kitchen and cooking stuff always appreciated. And more film screenings would definitely go down well.

DoItTooBabyJesus Wed 18-Dec-13 18:58:23

I enjoy reading the insight threads.

I was lucky enough to get to try the Samsung galaxy s4, whic was fantastic! I loved the challenges and obviously the phone to keep at the end of it!

I would like to see more kitchen gadgets being out through their paces.

wheretoyougonow Wed 18-Dec-13 19:52:06

I absolutely love completing product tests. The Cadburys pebbles one was good as it got my children's creative juices flowing and I got to eat chocolate for research smile
If I were to choose the products I would say any kitchen appliances that will make my life easier. Or wine. I am more than happy to share my expertise on that one wink

I love being on the panel!

Was really looking forward to the EE trial which was unfortunately cancelled sad. Would love to see other trials like that one - which will save me money on monthly bills etc.

Looking forward to next years trials grin

Don't seem to have been selected for much this year, but have been doing OK on the completable surveys / add cements to threads this year.

There seem to have been a couple of things that have been sitting around for ages - all in various phases (there is an energy monitoring one going at the moment) asking for comments from testers, and non testers which are confusing me.

Agree with whoever up thread who said not much in the way of kids toys etc.

I enjoy testing things, and I've been converted to buying Cif as a result.
I also loved the Cadburys eggs in the egg box earlier in the year. Egg N Spoon, was it called? I'll look out for them after Christmas when the Easter stock is in the shops. grin

As for things for next year, maybe stuff for me rather than the house or food. Shampoo, creams, etc.

Best wishes KatieBMumsnet.

missorinoco Wed 18-Dec-13 21:51:21

I liked Mr. Muscle, and the Method cleaning product stands out, revealing my inner geek. Really enjoy receiving a product test, feels like a wee treat.
I sooooo wanted a George Foreman grill to test.

I like food/recipe tests. I was selected for the peanut butter test, which I enjoyed as it kicked me to try a new product.

I wouldn't enter test that required recording me or my family as I like the anonymity of MN.

Worth bearing in mind MN the power of your product tests. I went shopping recently and picked up Flora Buttery thinking I had heard it recommended somewhere. Received my voucher in the post a few days later; I must have half recalled the product test I entered. Subliminal messaging is getting to me.

daisydaisy11 Wed 18-Dec-13 22:09:10

Sadly I wasn't picked for anything this year but here is hoping for next year.

I would like to see more event trials in Edinburgh, more vegetarian food trials, would love to test one of those robotic vacuum cleaners -have a dog that moults constantly -she is black, carpets are cream so looks horrific unless i hoover daily and would love one of those alien-ship like hoovers to magically clean the carpets while I am out. Would also love to test an all inclusive family holiday somwhere nice smile

Cherryjellybean Wed 18-Dec-13 22:22:58

I got chosen for a few this year - thankyou mn! I enjoyed them all but particularly the ones like the pebbles, it was fun creating a cake. I loved b&q unloved homes/ gardens... Even though I wasn't picked it gave me motivation to do lots more to my garden. I liked the cleaning product tests, they are always good smile

Next year I'd love more of the same chocolate, cleaning things, kitchen utensils, food items etc as we nearly all buy those things. I loved the b&q idea.... DIY / project ones again would be great. I agree that it would be good to have toy reviews.

Good luck Katie and thankyou mn!

gleegeek Wed 18-Dec-13 22:33:35

I don't think we were chosen to review anything either sad I love the idea of real people testing stuff! I'd love to take part in a camping equipment test or cars/furniture.

stealthsquiggle Wed 18-Dec-13 23:36:10

A lot all of the "things you can go to" tests are out of the question due to long school hours and DH and I both working full time, but I am OK with that as they are better done by people with more time.

Tests like cleaning products always welcome and seem to be the only ones I get picked for it's like MNHQ can see the state of the house (touch up cleaner is good. Cif cream less so) but I would be deeply thrilled to be asked to test a new Roomba any form of cleaning appliance as those are things that we really need to replace but there are always higher priorities.

Cars and the like fall back into the "best left for those who have time". I barely have time to feed my car (and never time to clear it out blush) so I don't think I would put the time in to do a test justice really, plus I have a horror of being videoed so wouldn't ever do something which involved that.

I agree with comments about food tests - they all seem to have been various forms of "instant" food/sauce/whatever this year (apart, debateably, from chocolate porridge, which my DC hated sad) - some tests of "real food" would be good.

MinesAPintOfTea Thu 19-Dec-13 09:19:35

I've not been selected this year fsad clearly too many people signing up.

But in the past I've enjoyed food tests and more food tests would be great. Especially chocolate fgrin

Teladi Thu 19-Dec-13 09:47:43

I've enjoyed being on the chocolate panel! Would love to test cleaning products, electrical products, toddler toys!

choccyp1g Thu 19-Dec-13 09:51:14

All I ever get to test is cleaning products! There must be a spy camera on my laptop.

Birnamwood Thu 19-Dec-13 09:53:08

I didn't get chosen sad

I've filled in loads of surveys etc, some of which were quite tedious but they have to be done.

For next year...more electrical cleaning items (steam mops, hoovers etc and toys games for older children, and also what about testing apps for children, especially educational ones?

Cantdothisagain Thu 19-Dec-13 09:54:58

I tested peanut butter and it was delicious. Thank you for offering us the chance to volunteer!
In terms of testing, I'd love to test kitchen gadgets, which are my weakness. I'd also be happy to road test recipes. Oh and days out. And 'proper food' eg cheese rather than cheese strings, for instance.

I would never ever say no to any chocolate testing...

Good luck KatieB!

mindingalongtime Thu 19-Dec-13 09:56:08

I have enjoyed testing a few things this year, cif, which I always loved when it was Jif, Method cleaner, not so good, nasty smell, a "hamper" from P & G so tried fairy capsules, but they mess up my washing machine door seal, the children loved the chocolate from the tasting and enjoyed helping do the surveys.

I'd love more gadgets to test, also would love a car test , particularly 7 seaters, as too loyal to one make and could do with my eyes being opened to cheaper alternatives!

I love filling out the surveys, but some of the information required is always the same which is repetitive.

Bring them on, happy christmas and thank you for all the opportunities!

PlumBear Thu 19-Dec-13 09:57:43

I've really enjoyed the chocolate panel possibly too much

Obviously I loved the parcel of goodies which arrived a few weeks ago, but I also really enjoyed giving feedback on product ideas. It was an interesting process.

Absolutely loved the palmers rose oil trial - it's not the sort of thing I would normally buy for myself, but have had much pleasure in using it since.

Would like to see more beauty product tests next year.

MNHQ - how do I know if I've joined the panel? I can't seem to remember if I signed up or not blush

LittleMissGreen Thu 19-Dec-13 09:58:40

Bye and good luck KatieB!

I got to test a frying pan which is still regularly used - many thanks.
And we loved doing the pebble cake decorating.

DS won a bag of books from filling in a survey about books, they arrived yesterday and he is so excited. He asked me to say a special thank you.

I'd be very happy to get to test more chocolates next year!

MrsRedWhite214 Thu 19-Dec-13 10:00:25

I haven't been able to take part in any tests so far. Next year I hope to be eligible to take part in something. Any everyday essential would be great to test. I love finding new foods for my baby to try and any product that makes life easier really.

petalsandstars Thu 19-Dec-13 10:00:42

I haven't been selected for any product tests as yet but have enjoyed completing the surveys. I would love to test out family toddler friendly days out in the future.

mistlethrush Thu 19-Dec-13 10:04:13

I found the product testing on the steam cleaners interesting (would have liked to be chosen to trial that one) and have enjoyed using the Sainsbury's gift card I got for entering a survey.

I also think that there are probably sufficient MNers to do events that are not London-centric... There is life in the north - and the north doesn't always equate to Manchester - Leeds is not too bad to get to from Newcastle, York, Hull, Sheffield, Bradford (or even Manchester!).

Good luck in your new job KatieB - I'm sure that the gin will not flow as freely though.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 19-Dec-13 10:04:41

I've done loads of surveys this year but haven't been selected to test anything. Apart from Flora, but never got the voucher.

I'd like to test a luxury holiday, either Costa Rica or The Maldives would be fine. grin

Belo Thu 19-Dec-13 10:05:51

What have you enjoyed taking part in this year?
We were lucky enough to go to Cadburys World back in February. DDs are still talking about that.

Or appreciated reading about?
The comments on EE. I was very glad I was warned off as I was just about to sign a 2 year contract!

What would you like us to product test next year?
Anything to do with cooking or food! Or, health and beauty products.

CatAmongThePigeons Thu 19-Dec-13 10:05:57

I have tested a few bits this year, including Tesco school uniform (its still going strong!), Walkers crisps and visiting an NT property, still waiting for Flora. wink

I love the variety offered so would love to see more of the same but it would be great if there could be more events scattered across the country ahem South West ahem

Good luck and thank you KatieBMN. thanks Don't forget You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! grin

Merry Christmas!

VivaLeBeaver Thu 19-Dec-13 10:06:55

Oh I forgot the Cadburys Pebbles. I tested those and they were yummy. Had fun making a cake to decorate.

kippersmum2 Thu 19-Dec-13 10:08:14

What have I enjoyed taking part?
Sadly I only was chosen for a couple of tests inc colemans sauces. There's nothing much to say other than I am here waiting and a thorough tester who adds detailed reviews. Its just sad you don't use me more.

Reading about?
Any funny stories are useful when I am having a tpugh day or to perk me up after another disturbed night!

Test next year?
Anything and everything as not only do I love doing it and have plenty of time for it but the more tests means more reviews so we all buy with confidence knowing that it is the right product forst time for us so less unwanted unnecessary spending.

maloofysmum Thu 19-Dec-13 10:12:25

I've enjoyed being involved, haven't won anything but am hoping next year! The chocolate panel has been fun, nice to see new and exciting products and the choc through the post was a nice surprise. You had a nice range of product tests available this year, so keep it up! the voucher incentives are always good so more of those pls grin) thanks.

Moodykat Thu 19-Dec-13 10:13:46

My highlight this year was also finding out how family friendly Butlins are. It was a wonderful weekend and I will be taking the kids again next year (and possibly DH this time too).
I won some vouchers for a Toyota survey which was also a lovely treat!
We tested the Schwartz 2in1 sachets which were very tasty.

I love reading the car reviews - and watching them! I would like to see more big cars needing to be reviewed next year please! I need to upsize and could do with a bit more inspiration. Perhaps a Range Rover?!

I also agree that food and drink tests are great. I am looking forward to the Knorr one I have just been lucky enough to get picked for.

A long-running cook/bakeware test would be great. I need some things that might actually still be useable after a year!

Oh yes, spa reviews would be very pleasant too please!

Thanks Mumsnet for a great year! (especially Butlins)

BeCool Thu 19-Dec-13 10:14:08

I didn't really do any testing this year - not chosen SOB! - but I answered lots of surveys, so entered lots of competitions though I didn't win - double SOB!

I did very much enjoy the secret mission I was involved with though <whispers - it involved chocolate> and the thank you pack was very much appreciated smile

Happy Christmas everyone and best of luck KatieMumsnet

magnolia74 Thu 19-Dec-13 10:15:32

I didn't really get picked much either but I'm always happy to do surveys and to be honest I've been so busy with family in less etc that I've probably not joined in as much as I could.
I will do even more next year!!!!
Happy to trial anything although I do like to involve the family so a car one would be fab!?!? wink
Or a holiday grin

Good luck katiebmumsnet xxxxx

Huitre Thu 19-Dec-13 10:18:32

The things where we get to test something are the best of all! Even if it's only something little (I did washing liquid once), it's fun to try something different.

CheeseStrawWars Thu 19-Dec-13 10:23:37

I think all the insight stuff has been interesting. The wholewheat challenge was good as it prompted me to think about healthier options that can be incorporated easily, which is always useful but not something I tend to sit down and do otherwise. Likewise the current fish discussion.

It would be good to have some toys to test for the kids, maybe more clothes for the kids too?

Bonzodoodah Thu 19-Dec-13 10:23:41

I tried to get on the testing panels for quite a few things but failed miserably. Would have liked to have seen Despicable me but we were away that weekend too.

I like looking at the car reviews, and like the food trials too. Although that really is quite subjective.

Next year? I'd LOVE to test any cars or smart phones or tablets or high tech stuff that you'd let us keep afterwards wishful thinking

Bonzodoodah Thu 19-Dec-13 10:24:57

OOh I forgot ... I did a Table Table trial - that was rather fun and the children liked the treat too.

equ1ne Thu 19-Dec-13 10:28:19

I have entered several surveys on topics that mean something to me and my life(of course chocolate is a vital MNers survival tool isn't it?) and tried to test a few things but with no success.I have had a couple of books which I have read and reviewed and would love to do more in 2014

I'd like to test more chocolate food and kitchen-related things.

mindgone Thu 19-Dec-13 10:33:35

I was a tester for the George Foreman grill and loved the experience! Also loved the fact that the day was fairly local for me. I would love to test loads more products and experiences!

peachactiviaminge Thu 19-Dec-13 10:40:16

I wish I had been chosen for more than bloody wash powder! twice! I get it we'_re dirty buggers grin

I find a lot of the non home based trials are London centred can we maybe give other cities a chance next year? We definitely need booze tests too.

I'm pretty new to mn but I've enjoyed reading everyone's reviews, even if I haven't been selected for that particular product test.
I was selected to review the freesat box so huge thank you from DH too grin

Madlizzy Thu 19-Dec-13 10:44:18

I'd like more things aimed at teens as I don't have small people any more. Some veggie product testing would be marvellous, as well as stuff happening in the North West, such as Manchester, as most stuff seems to be London based. Any cruelty free beauty products would also be welcome (NOT body shop, as they're owned by L'Oreal).

supergreenuk Thu 19-Dec-13 10:45:24

I'm thrilled I won £50 voucher this year.

Bit fed up that I still can't progress with the flora panel as I still don't have the voucher.

More product tests please especially food ones. I liked the holiday test but sadly didn't get chosen.

I've enjoyed being involved and would like to continue.

Blatherskite Thu 19-Dec-13 10:45:39

<waves dolefully at KatieB> <sniff>

I've really enjoyed doing lots of trials this year. The Mr Muscle Touch Up cleaner was a good one and I still use it, the Cadbury Pebbles were good and we're really enjoying the chocolate forum. I feel bad that I totally failed to give feedback on the Red Cross one but it came just as both of my children came down with Chicken Pox one after another sad

Next year...I'd love to do more food tests and if you could sort out a vacuum cleaner test that would be amazing. ooh, even better, could we test out some holiday homes somewhere? fgrin

RemoteControlGeekToyOfTheYear Thu 19-Dec-13 10:46:20

I've really enjoyed reading about most of the product tests. I was a tester for the McVities breakfast biscuits but was slow off the mark applying to be a tester for a lot of the other things. That'll teach me to live in the 'most active' box!

I'd like to see tests opened up a little wider, too - I may not be a mum yet but for example there was a crisps test (possibly baked stars?) only open to people with children. I eat copious quantities of crisps too and am always looking for the healthy option crisps for myself and my DP.

SantasSprouts Thu 19-Dec-13 10:50:52

Good luck Katie! I haven't been picked for very much this year as was away for a large part of it. We did the Flora Buttery test and really enjoy doing the food ones. The family like getting involved so more things to test together would be great. I think I suggested outdoor stuff last year so will say the same again. Camping things, outdoor clothes, buggies for people who do not drive as we can really give them good testing! I love being on the panel and look forward to the surveys and products. Would like to do more though!

SnowyMouse Thu 19-Dec-13 10:51:07

I've enjoyed taking part in the chocolate forum smile

slug Thu 19-Dec-13 10:57:56

I didn't get chosen this year for anything (sob) I have to confess I was hugely miffed at missing out on the chocolate. I'm sure I could have given extremely detailed feedback based on my extensive personal research. I do answer all the surveys I can.

I did get chosen for the shapewear last year and it was a complete revelation. It's not something I would have ever considered left to my own devices to be honest, but the few pieces I bought are still being used when the occasion demands it.

The Galaxy S4 thread was the one I read the most.

Next year I would LOVE to test the gadgets. I'm a self confessed geek with not enough money. I'm looking at whether or not I can afford the Galaxy S4 based on the feedback.

I'd like to see more reviews based on long running Mumsnet threads. Bras and bra sizing comes to mind as being a consistent query.

themummyonthebus Thu 19-Dec-13 10:58:45

I like the variety of the surveys, especially the food ones.

ThePearShapedToad Thu 19-Dec-13 10:59:02

Bye bye KatieMumsnet thanks

I have loved being on the panel this year fsmile

I enjoyed trying the cleaning products - hellloooo new love Cif- and learning about the good points of Mr Muscle from the testers who tried that one.

I agree it would be nice to have an equal number of products available to test that aren't so specific to mums only < whispers > I know it's mumsnet but I love this site, and just because I don't have children yet doesn't mean I can't also rest things like chocolate or crisps wink

Finally- the chocolate forum has officially rocked!! Adored getting my little goody parcel through and am proud to say I didn't eat it all on the first day!

Good luck Katie :D

I have enjoyed the product tests i have taken part in like the low alcohol wine and peanut butter. I like to do the sponsored discussions the most and always find them interesting and was thrilled to win a new phone from EE so many thanks for that its my favourite thing!. I liked reading about the samsung challenges that people were doing , i would enjoy more long term product tests like this, technology and home appliances.

momscribe Thu 19-Dec-13 11:05:07

First of all I would love to thank mumsnet team thanks for bringing us this wonderful opportunity to take part in surveys as well as testing products.

I got very few chances to test products like Sainsbury basic mobile and Croods DVD. Testing both the products have been an amazing journey wherein I have learnt a lot of things. I have been following some threads in the forums and some topics (child/lifestyle/food/money/reviews) gave me more information of the same. I also appreciate mumnets in bringing active participation in charity related activities too.

Coming to product reviews, I would like to test products in the coming year as well and that which would add up into our home like* kitchen gadgets, useful health gadgets and kids related gadgets* [^PS: I'm a gadget lover ^ smile ]. Also I would like to see some innovative and useful products as well.

Good luck to KatieBMumsnet !

Merry Christmas and Advance Happy New Year to all smile

queenoftheschoolrun Thu 19-Dec-13 11:08:21

I haven't been picked for anything yet so can't really comment on my experiences.

It all sounds interesting though, can't wait to get picked!

Wantapony Thu 19-Dec-13 11:08:28

We were thrilled to participate in the Table Table trial and were so grateful for the voucher. We had a wonderful experience and delish meal and only for £8 including tip! Thanks for choosing us!
Would be delighted to assist with any skincare and biscuits/cakes/sweeties/chocolate trials (duty becomes pleasure!)
Merry Christmas!

MrsB76 Thu 19-Dec-13 11:12:34

I'd love to see more baby gear tested, especially non-essential stuff.

trikken Thu 19-Dec-13 11:15:25

The school uniform product test I loved. I love product testing anything really. Have only done a couple this year though.

Good luck Katie! We'll miss you.

I've had a great time with the panel this year. I've tested chocolates, cleaners and packets of food seasoning.

My recommendation is to spread the vouchers and winning items out. So 2 people get £50 each or whatever instead of one getting £100. I've been on the panel for about 2 years and have never gotten the "reward" so maybe more, smaller rewards.

Eve Thu 19-Dec-13 11:27:47

Another one not selected for any test or win anything but I live in hope and will continue to participate.

I mustn't fit any demographic! so looking forward to product aimed at a youthful 40something with teenage boys.

Good luck to KatieBMumsnet !

SuiGeneris Thu 19-Dec-13 11:35:16

Enjoyed being on the panel but did not get many interesting things this year. The Method test was interesting (and I now regularly buy the stuff I was sent to test), as was the Chicco toy test (might have been 2012) because it made me think about what makes a good toy, especially given I was sent something we would never have bought, either for our kids or as a present.

I would love more household products/kitchen tech gadgets as well as, well, kiddy stuff: clothes, toys, board games, books. When the boys were younger i would have loved more testing of prams, slings etc.

A plea though: please make the feedback easy to give. Multiple requirements such as in the Pampers study mean that those of us with v limited time will avoid tests they would otherwise be interested in, which makes the panel less representative (and annoys testers).

J3llyB3lly Thu 19-Dec-13 11:38:36

I've recently discovered the insight reviews so have joined the panel and eagerly anticipating my first sample to test.
Would be interested in hearing about mumsnetters views on childrens clothes (how they fit - tall/skinny/squat etc), kitchen gadgets (coffee machines, sterilisers, steamers), and personal products (moisturising creams in pregnancy, nappy creams, nipple soothers!)
Merry Christmas and a relaxing new year.

Sunny2013 Thu 19-Dec-13 11:41:03

Thank you for all your product testing requests , survey requests , feedback , advice and more .... It brightens up the day reading all the various threads , and giving our thoughts and advise to these various posts.... I have enjoyed using my brain, offering my thoughts rather than just changing nappies and baby chatting xxx

What would I like to product test for you in 2014 :-) .. now that is an easy one ....
1) I would love to test ...lilos in the Maldives for as long as possible.
2) Suntan lotions anywhere that takes longer than 12 hours on a plane :-)
3) How children cope on a flight down under, or anywhere super long haul.
4) For this techno junkie mad family , anything electronical ...ipads, phones, laptops, tv's ....
5) Any new kitchen gadget that we never knew we needed till you ask us to test it ...
6) A job with Mumsnet that I can do working from home ....
7) Hoover testing.
8) anything that will make male teenagers clean and keep their rooms clean and put their dirty clothes into the basket rather than on the floor

Good Luck KatieB , in your new job , you will be missed xx

clubnail Thu 19-Dec-13 11:46:42

Some more ethical products. I don't buy cheese or dairy chocolate on ethical grounds.
More toiletries from ethical companies. I think you should be encouraging these instead of the ones that test on animals.

QODRestYeMerryGentlemen Thu 19-Dec-13 11:47:03

I've enjoyed nosing round and answering surveys, product tested a few things and currently sipping my costa caramel latte from my tassimo I tested

However, I've never won anything and I'm usually lucky so I demand a recount ;)

Bye bye Kate, you're crazy bonkers leaving

PigeonStreet Thu 19-Dec-13 11:47:27

Goodbye and good luck Katie. thanks

I have applied for most of the insight tests and so far only got chosen for one. ( I've still not got the secret handshake obviously)

The one I got chosen for was cloudy2 screening in Manchester. Myself and the dcs had a wonderful morning. Ds still talks about it and the magic tickets we got given.

I've enjoyed reading most of the product tests, especially the cars and household stuff. I would like to see more family tests and tests on toys for older children as well as wine obvs.. wine grin

Here's to being involved in more tests next year

OldBagWantsNewBag Thu 19-Dec-13 11:56:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mjmooseface Thu 19-Dec-13 11:58:11

Goodbye KatieBMumsnet and good luck with your next adventure!!!

I haven't been part of the Insight panel for too long, perhaps about 6 months? But I have loved it so far! I feel like I am part of this super (not-so-secret) club and it's all so exciting. I've been a part of the Mr Muscle Cleaner product test which was fun and I still use it now! And I've taken part in an Organix weaning group which was nice as, being a young first time mum, I don't really ever get to impart any of my 'wisdom' on new mums, 'cause they're usually older than me and don't want to listen to someone younger than them!!! So it was nice being slightly ahead of other mum's in the weaning journey to share what had worked for me and my son and give some advice smile

I like filling out the surveys and questionnaires and always take my time and answer them properly. It gives me a nice feeling knowing my participation in those surveys contributes to some 'ground breaking' research, or something! :P I always feel like my thoughts and opinions are valued and needed which is why I always complete the ones relevant to me.

I liked reading about the National Trust attractions as we are interested in places like that but haven't been yet. It was nice to see other people's experiences of their visit, and I look forward to visiting them with my family in the future!

I would love to see product tests for outdoor related things like, baby carriers, camping, tents, mountain buggy's... Or mystery visits to other family attractions, gyms, restaurants... Household items like vacuum cleaners, irons etc. And obviously anything food or chocolate related!!!

I think the insight panel is a wonderful idea in that it's a place where selected people can try new things, products, places etc and share their feedback for others to read and try for themselves. I hope it continues!

SachaF Thu 19-Dec-13 12:02:22

I was very impressed with the Tesco school uniform range that I tried out, and have possibly converted smile My little girl just loves the detail on the shoulders of the white blouses.
I liked the smell of the method laundry liquid and the refillable bottle (although it can be a bit messy) and have converted to this brand, although I think my previous brand is owned by the same company anyway!
I didn't know about the gluten free test, that would have been great to take part in! Although possibly not as a lot of their stuff contains egg.....

I thought the turn around time for the B&Q and Tesco's tests were too short. Hence I didn't apply for the B&Q revamp tests (and my lounge still needs a makeover!). For Tesco's clothing I would have thought they would also want some long term feedback, eg after 4months of use my girls shoes still look lovely whereas my boy's will probably need replacing soon.

I would also like to see outdoorsy stuff to test next year, maybe a Bear Grylls explorer/adventure type pack, tarpaulin den building, wellies, sunglasses etc. or arts and crafts stuff- recently I've had craft sets with no bristles in the brush, or poor instructions that a child can't follow, so I think this is definately an area that needs more real life product tests!

Santaspelvicfloor Thu 19-Dec-13 12:11:06

I've enjoyed the chocolate ones. It really depends what I'm planning to buy. But then again I also like testing stuff I haven't considered buying

Lyclear was useful and I would probably use it even though my review wasn't raving

Cleaning products, cooking and gadgets are my favoured

firawla Thu 19-Dec-13 12:19:37

this year I enjoyed watching the videos about the b&q unloved rooms, and would have loved being picked for that one. my children really loved being picked for the cloudy 2 screening, and would love to see more cinema screenings coming through the insight panel next year.
i also found seeing peoples experiences with the cars quite useful and would like to see more of that next year.
the panel is great, thanks to all for running it and good luck in your new job to katieb

scrappydappydoo Thu 19-Dec-13 12:25:16

I've loved being part of the panel - best thing was the Tassimo machine which we use everyday but even if I don't win things the surveys have been interesting.
More product tests as opposed to surveys and I agree about toys and activities for older children that would be great, more food would be fab - healthy stuff. Maybe instead of having one prize you could offer a one use discount code or something when you've completed a survey so more people are winners grin

poopoopoo Thu 19-Dec-13 12:25:41

I have enjoyed answering surveys and giving my opinion on products, I particularly liked eating the chocolate! We missed out on the film but tested out a restaurant- which was sooo nice. I look forward to any opportunities next year. I would love to try out a car for on holiday! or try out a holiday.........
Thank you for the opportunity of taking part. Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year fsmile

butterflymum Thu 19-Dec-13 12:27:52

Well, I'd just like to sincerely than Mumsnet Insight for not letting me on the 'chocolate testing' panel.

The call went out that they were desperate for more folks to join, including Northern Ireland based mumsnetters, and I, having had my arm twisted and feeling duty bound to stand up and be counted, responded, the thought of delicious chocolate was not foremost on my mind at all.

Alas, it was not to be, but this of course must have been down to the 'crystal ball' used at mumsnet towers, that let them see that chocolate testing would not have been good for my figure and that anyhow, I am already sweet enough as it is smile.

For this non-opportunity, I and my willpower applaud them.


upthehammers Thu 19-Dec-13 12:35:18

i've been selected for one or two things (kelocote and TableTable meal) and loved being able to try out products/places I wouldn't usually have bothered with.

Would love to see more kitchen bits up for reviewing.

Khaly Thu 19-Dec-13 12:39:08

I have yet to take part in a product test. I have tried for a few, was particularly interested in the Tassimo product test.

madmumm Thu 19-Dec-13 12:46:31

I particularly liked the school uniform reviews, DS1 has just end started school this year and found it so helpful to read how other mums find the uniform as there is so much choice out there, and whether it really is worth spending more for better quality.
This year I have also enjoyed the car reviews from a family point of view rather than a purely driving point of view as car magazines often provide. Very useful when considering new cars and even DH was interested in reading them and he already knows lots about cars!

gazzalw Thu 19-Dec-13 12:46:46

Oh I forgot the B&Q Unloved Room challenge - that was brilliant. DS and I got our 15 minutes of fame:-)!

What about something to do with crafting activities???? And yes to all manner of items aimed at older children!

JimbosJetSet Thu 19-Dec-13 12:47:25

I have very much enjoyed being part of the panel and I am willing to test anything that is relevant to my family...

I have had a major issue with SurveyMonkey recently though, I have been unable to load the surveys on my iPhone (or even more frustratingly, I have been able to load the surveys but when I click on 'complete survey' at the end, it crashes then). So I have been unable to enter anything recently unless I've got access to a computer.

Is it just me with this problem??

asuwere Thu 19-Dec-13 12:55:05

I've done a couple of tests which have been great - it's always nice to get something in the post that's free! I also like doing the surveys for products that haven't been released yet - makes it feel like my opinion will actually matter more.

there has been quite a big range of products this year so can't think of anything else in particular... Would be nice to try a new buggy smile

I've loved being part of the panel again this year - it gives me an opportunity to use my brain writing reviews!

As daft as it sounds, I really enjoyed the rapeseed oil challenge and the difference it's made to our use of oil. The cheese scones are still a regular feature of our menu.

I'd like to see more toys for school aged children, and more books - preferably in kindle format so that I could join in with the discussions.

DeathByLaundry Thu 19-Dec-13 13:02:21

I liked trying out Cif and the wholegrain challenge. Nice to do things you can incorporate into everyday life. DH did the chocolate panel jammy bastard but mercifully shared the goodies with me at the end! I like the way your surveys are laid out and that comments are free and unfettered - some other panels I've been on make you endure long boring irrelevant questionnaires. On MN you can just tell it how it is!

I wasn't selected but I liked the B&Q challenge thread.

I'd like to see trials of food (less luxury and more everyday things as a pp already mentioned) and beauty stuff.

BooBudolphMeowson Thu 19-Dec-13 13:06:32

I LOVE Method Lavender cleaning spray and our local Tescos has stopped selling it, I am bereft! fsad I was pretty tempted to buy a box of 8 sprays on Amazon or something but I have no where to store them, and now I have half a spray left and I am reserving it and keeping it for precious things.

majjsu Thu 19-Dec-13 13:07:02

I can't believe I joined a year ago. I hardly got chosen bar Mr Muscle and pressed oil but enjoyed taking part. Enjoyed reading a lot of the things tested.

I would like tests on waterproof coats/jackets for adults/children. Agree testing the best products of Value ranges would be good.

auntielaraine Thu 19-Dec-13 13:08:17

New to this - not because I am a new Mum - far from it - a very old one, but migrated from Gransnet via a survey.
Looking forward to being chosen for an trial, survey, opinion - I'm always ready to take part. Happy 2014

Willemdefoeismine Thu 19-Dec-13 13:09:59

Testing the rapeseed oil and currently the Flora have made me do more cooking :-)

The DCs loved the Speedo event although I was a lot less keen on getting into my bathers fhmm!

I would love to have been chosen for the coffee machine one but hey you win some, you lose some...

More: what about educational apps/websites etc...seeing as education is a major topic of conversation on Mumsnet?

As someone who has incredibly unruly hair I would like to be involved in trialing hair products or even a trip to the hairdressers for an expert cut and advice!

Possibly style makeovers for the family?

What about product trials aimed at teens in particular???? They are after all the Mumsnetters of tomorrow and sooner than the younger DCs who seem to get a lot of things to trial!

But thank you for the opportunities we have had - very enjoyable!

sassolino Thu 19-Dec-13 13:18:24

I enjoy reading reviews, but haven't been chosen to review anything except the Red Cross app. Hopefully 2014 will be more inclusive for me.

As a foodie blogger, I'm always happy to discover new food products. So anything foodie-related would be a bonus.

Crafts, books, toys would be fab. Wing-walking, test-driving, celebs' biographies is a no-no for me.

Merry Christmas!

Maracas2013 Thu 19-Dec-13 13:20:29

I'd love to see more holiday reviews

magentastardust Thu 19-Dec-13 13:23:34

I think I have been on the panel for around 9/10 months.
I was one of the very lucky panel members that recently was selected to review a Galaxy Samsung S4 Active and it has been brilliant. So nice to have a top of the range smart phone instead of hiding my functional 5 year old mobile!

I liked reading about the B&Q room and garden make overs - i would have loved that one , and also was a teensy bit jealous of the Tassimo testers. (I am hoping to get one for xmas instead though)

Its good to get honest reviews from Mumsnetters , defintely makes me more likely to part with money for a product once it has had the mumsnet once over!

I also wouldn't have known about the Red Cross child first aid app if it hadn't been for reading it on here-which is really handy to have on my phone. ( My new fancy phone ;)

In future I would like to see more home and gardens things to test, holidays and short breaks smile and everyday things like school uniform and kids shoes and cleaning things are always good to be involved in.

Ooh and make up /beauty products too pls!.

I wasn't chosen for anything but hopefully next year will be full of great chances =) xx

goldenretriever Thu 19-Dec-13 13:32:08

I really enjoyed the Schwartz two in one food seasoning samples, as I tried new food with it.

Would love more chocolate samples!

PastaForRudolph Thu 19-Dec-13 13:37:05

I (well DD) did the Pampers Baby Dry trial. It was nice to be able to give my feedback direct to manufacturers.

I also did the voting intentions and leader impressions group activity which was very interesting and quite heavily reported in the press. Good to be involved.

Would be really nice to see some less 'mumsy' trials such as beauty products.

starofbethlehemfishmummy Thu 19-Dec-13 13:51:11

Its nice to be picked to gest something but why do I only ever get cleaning materials? What are you trying to tell me grin

Would love to get the chance to try some kitchen gadgets so maybe more of these on the testing lkst so that more of us get a chance.

Do you have anyaltops that need testing before and over xmas? Ours has died so we really really need one to test arriving asap!!!

4yoniD Thu 19-Dec-13 14:22:06

I'll test an icey tek grin

NorbertDentressangle Thu 19-Dec-13 14:31:52

We've only ever been lucky enough to test a few food items but we've enjoyed it nonetheless.

The DC get quite excited if they get to try something and then give their feedback, and they're old enough have experience of similar products to compare things with and have proper valid points .

DD also took great delight in researching a recipe and baking some cookies for the peanut butter product taste. I know she'd love to try out kitchen gadgets!

unadulterateddad Thu 19-Dec-13 15:08:19

Didn't get selected for much, but nice to be able to provide direct feedback

mecazza Thu 19-Dec-13 15:31:57

Have enjoyed completing surveys this year but would love some product tests, preferably food! Good luck to KatieBMumsnet and a very merry & hopefully stressfree Christmas to you all and all mumsnet bloggers too.

farrowandbawlbauls Thu 19-Dec-13 15:46:30

I try to complete as many surveys as I can and was seleced for the breakfast bar product test which I enjoyed.

I love reading the reviews and always try to search for something that may have an MN review before buying it. The mascara one was a plus as I Love that particular brand and have used it for a while now. It was nice to see I wasn't the only one.

More food tests and make-up tests would be fantasic and I'm willing to try out any carpet stain removers you may have in the pipe line and cleaning products.

I didn't get the time for the B&Q challenge as I just didn't have the funds in the bank - I guess that was just bad timing more than anything. The most fustrating thing is when the answer to a comptition or anything related to the survey in on Facebook as I'm not on it and refuse to join up for the sake of a product. There's been a few times I've missed out because of this - and not just on MN either.

Other than that I'm glad to have helped out this year and am looking forward to helping out more next year.

CaramelisedOnion Thu 19-Dec-13 15:49:36

I enjoy filling in the surveys as u find then interesting....I am always also excited when I see one of the emails...however I have yet to be selected for any of them or win anything! I wouldtherefore like to change that I guess!
Would be good to do some supermarket mystery shop ones....also technology ones would be interesting smile

MTBMummy Thu 19-Dec-13 15:50:47

Bye bye KatieB you will be missed

I've been a panel member in the last year and really enjoyed some of the tests, I tested an interactive winnie the pooh, chocolate cereal, actual chocolate (yum) and much more. Ive enjoyed the testing as it's exposed me to products I wouldn't have considered buying and in some cases changed my buying habits

More clothing brands to test is always good in my book (Like the M&S Shape wear)

Leeanne2205 Thu 19-Dec-13 15:59:56

I have been very fortunate to becoming a mummy this year and then found all about mumsnet, what can I says it's been invaluable for lots of advice which I def need being a first time mummy.
I joined the panel and I have been very lucky to be selected for the Flora trails can't wait too get started.
Trials for beauty products as I want to know am I wasting my money with buying anti this and anti that cream .
Many thanks and Merry Christmas

BestLaidPlans Thu 19-Dec-13 16:35:55

I've loved being part of the Chocolate Panel and the thank you pack was unexpected and lovely. It was good to test out the Pampers pull ups, if only to rule them out! The shapewear trial was great and made me realise the M&S products are worth the money.

I'm happy to test pretty much anything in the future as it's a great way of being introduced to new things as well as alternatives to things I already use.

Babycarmen Thu 19-Dec-13 16:37:50

I have been lucky enough to get a few product tests this year including cadbury pebbles, red cross app and cif.

I love product tests that get the kids involved too. I think it would be good to be able to test more products for babies and children. Such as feeding equipment, toys, bath products etc. But all the ones this year have been fab :D

ouryve Thu 19-Dec-13 16:42:53

I've become a bit of a seasoned product tester, but we've had the most satisfaction blitzing the boys' room with the help of our B&Q voucher. It even still looks like it's been decorated sometime this century!

MmeCinqAnneauxDor Thu 19-Dec-13 17:18:58

I haven't been selected much this year - and both times that was for chocolate based tests. Do you think my usual posting name of Mmelindor is influencing this decision? smile

I really enjoyed being part of the Chocolate Forum - was very interesting to see the thought that goes into the design process of these products, the packaging and the placement in store.

I really liked the B&Q transformations and would like to see more of those.

As a local editor, it would be great to see more local reviews, but I realise this might not be possible within the great product testing topic.

Other than that, I would like to see more products for older children - preteens and teens are often a bit neglected.

AlaskaNebraska Thu 19-Dec-13 17:19:53

i want more beauty - was lucky to get the lizxy arden stuff and the aveda but its beauty that floats my boat

I love the chance to try out just about anything, but for obvious reasons, will admit to enjoying the pack of chocs that came courtesy of the chocolate forum.

It s good to have the chance to air your opinion - us Mumsnetters never seem to be backward in coming forward, I m sure manufacturers must get loads of feedback from us very opinionated lot. There always seem to be a lot of opposing views here, with good reasoning. Have been lucky enough to have tried out a few small items this year - hope I ll be chosen for some more next year.

PickMeAWinner Thu 19-Dec-13 17:31:37

I don't think I have been chosen to take part in any trials this year, I haven't been on much though (name change) maybe that's why.

I personally would like to take part in cheese, coffee, cake testing please!!
Maybe some art/craft products for older children to try out..

Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy New Year!

Mouseface Thu 19-Dec-13 18:01:06


KatieB - YOU CAN'T!!!!

<looks for rope and gaffer tape>


<gives up and makes do with festive ribbons and Sellotape™>

<ties to desk chair>

<sobs some more>

<realises that she's starting to freak people out grin grin grin >

You've been so very kind to me and I will really miss your support. Especially during the 'We Believe You' rape campaign... Thank you so much thanks xxx

You'll certainly be missed but I'm sure you will be 'lurking' on a few of the boards, maybe watching the odd bunfight, for old time's sake? fgrin

Good luck lovely xxx thanks xxx

Right, on to the other stuff.

I've not really been chosen for many product tests, maybe one this year and that hasn't arrived yet! <taps nose, winks left eye and wonders who else is waiting for a voucher for something used in baking, kept in the fridge..........> fgrin

I've really enjoyed the email surveys though. I'd just love to have more actual products to try and test please MNHQ? I guess you always have lots of interest so it's the luck of the draw.

Next year it would be nice to be involved in anything, I'm happy to try all manner of things so bring it on I say!

Merry Christmas MNHQ and a very happy NY I'm guessing that there will be someone in the 'office' to deal with the Big Red Button over the festive season? You know, for when the schools break up? fgrin

Enjoy your time off those who have it,

Mouse xxx

lisad123everybodydancenow Thu 19-Dec-13 18:03:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Indith Thu 19-Dec-13 18:23:11

I've been lucky enough to have a couple of the more expensive items this year starting with the YouView box back in March and then recently the S4 Active. Those were fun to do, I like fiddling with them and seeing how good and how user friendly they are. Hopefully the unfettered access to Octonauts on iplayer has made dd forgive me for swapping the box over and losing her recording of the snowman and the snowdog. The youview box is already set to record it again this year!

I've also had breakfast biscuits, nappies and taken part in the wholegrain challenge. I've been selected for and dropped out of one test [guilty]

Sometimes it does feel as though we are listened to. Other times I wonder how much difference our comments make, it would be nice to have some response sometimes.

I don't know or mind for other things to test, there seems to be a lot of variety. If you need any testers for a holiday though keep us in mind grin.

Theimpossiblegirl Thu 19-Dec-13 18:33:57

I apply for pretty much everything, fill in all relevant surveys and comment on sponsored discussions. This year I have tested Cif cleaner, Pebbles and Schwartz sachets.

I enjoy testing and would love to get something big. I would happily product test a holiday. ;)

Last year I was one of the lucky ones chosen to attend the Wonderbook PS3 event. That was the best one I've done.

MrsWeasley Thu 19-Dec-13 18:43:53

I love everything but then again Im easily pleased fwink

Enjoyed trialing the frozen vegetable and loved that they came with dry ice! fgrin

I loved (probably a little too much) trialing the MrMuscle.

I was very grateful for being chosen for the B&Q unloved Gardens project but it was hard work! Although I now wish I'd have bought a shed so we could lock KatieB in it so she would have to stay. fwink

Suggestions for new things: chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. To be honest you usually have great opportunities for us to get involved in so - keep up the good work.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas. fsmile

DoctorGilbertson Thu 19-Dec-13 18:51:41

We liked the pebbles. And enjoyed cooking them. This is my first year doing this kind of stuff, so a nice thing to do.

Surveys were OK. I quite like doing them and wait for the day when I win a prize.

Fantasy product tests - a brompton bike?

oooh dishwasher tablets. I would like to test a range of dishwasher tablets and see if they make any difference because I do wonder but usually just go for the cheapest one.

I thought that the wavey hand flora thing was a good idea but my laptop doesn't have a battery so I wouldn't use it for this - but it is a good idea (if you are listening!)

shoe organisers. I would like to test some creative shoe storage solutions.

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 19-Dec-13 18:53:27

ah lovely mumsnet fgrin

enjoy the product tests when you have large numbers to be tested so basically everyone who wants it will get it..

love the competitions and feedback voucher prize draws

love the webchats - the chefs are good, but nothing can top Idris Elba!!
would like to hear webchat from - Nigella would be the dream... loved the questions to the physiotherapists - their answers were amazing

I would like somewhere to store my threads in my own page - like my physio answer rather than have them clutter up my watched threads or have to search for them

finding the page number thing confusing, some threads if you come to them late I can't make head nor tail of where they started <pooter idiot>

like the mixture of support, info and bonkersness. well done y'all

timidviper Thu 19-Dec-13 19:02:39

~ Post on this thread about what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about
I love testing stuff and reading what others think too. Giving my opinion on things here and on surveys is about the only time anybody listens to me! So far I have tested Method washing liquid, Aveda Invati hair system and Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner. Have never won anything though sad

~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)
My DCs are older so I like the cleaning, cooking and pampering ones. I'm at the age where I could do with testing some miracle skincare! I would not do anything that needed videoing (well, not before the miracle skincare anyway!) but would happily attend events within easy travelling distance (NW England)

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 19:13:19

I only got selected to review Flora and whilst s freebie is always welcome, you cant' drive a tub of Flora or go on holiday in it fgrin.

I would like to see more road tests of clothes- how about a cashmere comparison with sweaters from different ranges being worn for a month or more (think longitudinal).

More beauty and body stuff would be nice and as a treat, psychologically rather lovely to be asked to test.

Obviously holidays would be rather nice- I am very flexible and available pretty much any time to review holidays in the Caribbean...fgrin.

My kids are grown so I obviously don't fit demographically although we can all participate in the reviewing of alcohol. fgrin

best wishes to departing KatieB

SandyDilbert Thu 19-Dec-13 19:44:13

I tested the Schwartz packets and thought they were great.

I would be happy to test any products, I guess food and cleaning products are the most useful. I agree, variety of tests offered is great.

AlaskaNebraska Thu 19-Dec-13 19:44:53

stick around and you get mAsses - two hoovers, a holiday etc

NS Thu 19-Dec-13 19:50:09

1. Got a chance to review 'Lyclear'. Enjoyed the surveys
2. Suggestions for 2014 - healthy veggie snacks, smart TVs, heated airers, robot vacuum cleaners for hard floors, frozen yogurt, print your pictures on canvas, Segway...
Thank you!

DigOfTheChristmasTreeStump Thu 19-Dec-13 20:00:42

Thank you for all the offers this year.

I would love to testdrive cars, please. Or gadgets.

And I have loved the product test threads.

Mouseface Thu 19-Dec-13 20:16:10

I think I forgot to say that I am happy to complete EVERY survey that I'm eligible for and also that I'm happy to test ANY products that you need testing. fgrin

Erm, thanks lovely MNHQ

<looks at Ann with big, sad eyes, just like Puss In Boots, the cat from Shrek> fgrin


I've really enjoyed being on the panel this year, thank you for the opportunities.

My favourite test has been, a bit bizarrely, the Cif cream- I discovered how useful it was and my oven is nice and shiny again!

I would like more toy and technology tests, I love a bit of kitchen gadgetry, and have either missed it or not seen any?

Finally, thanks to MN for keeping me entertained, informed and prone to saying 'I was on Mumsnet, and they said I should buy this....!'

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 20:35:37

I'll happily share the magnum chocolates with any of you flowers

lottietiger Thu 19-Dec-13 20:36:49

I also liked the Red Cross app as I never would have found it on my own. I also enjoyed looking at the b&q ideas/photos and reading about others trials like the samsung phone.
I got s

lottietiger Thu 19-Dec-13 20:40:15

Sorry pressed wrong button! I got some food items to try liked the hellman's which were fun too do.
Is love to test some days out, like the national trust and children's clothes or shoes. For me, electrical appliance or skin care would be great smile fingers crossed for next year!
Good luck Katie

RunningKatie Thu 19-Dec-13 20:51:31

I am being rubbish at keeping up with surveys at the moment, must try harder next year.

I would have loved to have been selected for the Tassimo trial but sadly not!

FMJ1000 Thu 19-Dec-13 21:08:18

I haven't tested anything this year despite signing up for many of them

Never mind however as I am off to Frankfurt in January for Pampers! I also attended the Barclays brainstorm, that I found very interesting and reassuring that there are companies out there that give a damn about customers' opinions.

I love testing and will continue to put myself forward, but always check out the threads for people's opinions before buying anything. I find the reviews honest, helpful and entertaining.

Looking forward to another MN year.

WingDefence Thu 19-Dec-13 21:09:40

I best liked testing the dried recipe mixes. I'd definitely like more food-related trials as they get me out of a rut because I have to try different food if MN have asked fgrin so the whole family benefits.

In a dream world though I'd be picked to test some snazzy new games console or toy range for my DCs!

Thanks and Merry Xmas fsmile

AngelDog Thu 19-Dec-13 21:19:13

I don't think I was selected for any of the product tests. Would love to test anything non-food related next year (we have lots of allergies & intolerances so food things are difficult).

threepiecesuite Thu 19-Dec-13 21:41:02

I love this part of Mumsnet. I always read all of the reviews and enjoy the depth in which MNers write, with practical feedback and forthright criticism. I know the manufacturers find it useful, but I do just as much!

This year, I was picked to test the Asda shopping app and ended up winning a £200 Asda voucher so I was absolutely delighted. It meant we could have a party for my DD's birthday for the first time.
I entered and really wanted to be chosen for the B&Q unloved rooms task. We weren't chosen but the ideas to come out of the feedback
thread inspired me to decorate the room regardless so that was great.
I contributed to the Family Friendly awards by reviewing BT's policies (didn't get my Amazon voucher in the end though?).

I do enjoy the food and drink product tests as the whole family can join in. Also, I like going to places armed with secret spying questions, love the idea of being on a secret mission (appreciate that I need to get out more)! I have a DD coming up to school age so testing uniforms/packed lunch stuff would be super.

Thinking back, I was chosen for lots over the previous couple of years (M&S Shapewear, talking Winnie the Pooh, chocolate porridge, name a few!) but I suppose that's the popularity of Mumsnet these days.

Very best wishes to KatieBMumsnet in your new venture.

fuzzpig Thu 19-Dec-13 21:48:11

KatieB you will be missed sad best of luck in pastures new!

I've really enjoyed the product tests this year. My favourite was the Cadbury pebbles! Really fun coming up with the ideas for the cakes and was a fun activity to do with my DD (don't normally do baking and that sort of thing - stresses me out too much! blush I was quite pleased with the result too.

I was also very very lucky to get to attend both preview screenings, Despicable Me 2 and Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2. They were such fun and a great day out for me, my 6yo DD and my 15yo DSDs.

Thank you MN grin

RomulanBattleBagel Thu 19-Dec-13 21:49:36

Oh and as for the next year, I'd love to be able to test any new gluten free products as my DH and DSD are coeliacs. smile

RomulanBattleBagel Thu 19-Dec-13 21:49:49

Gah, namechange fail

TheOnlySevenSleighbells Thu 19-Dec-13 22:50:13

I'd love to try out more health and beauty products, plus more essential kitchen products next year.

This year I've enjoyed the B&Q sponsored discussions, trialling the brilliant Mr Muscle touch-up cleaner and still love my fantastic Humax freesat+ box fgrin

CelticPromise Thu 19-Dec-13 23:02:41

Here's a random comment... I'd like an opportunity to put prizes back in the pot or pass them on. I won the Cross Country rail prize (family tickets up to £500) but I don't live near anywhere on the network so I couldn't use it. I don't know if it's too late now but if you're interested feel free to PM me and I'll look into it!

MissMirandalovesSunshine Thu 19-Dec-13 23:07:04

I haven't tested anything yet, but have only just signed up so that's understandable.

I'd love to try style and beauty products and food.

canthaveit Thu 19-Dec-13 23:35:53

I enjoyed testing the crisps (walkers hoops)
Would like more chances to try out samples / products - especially food, perhaps gadgets as well

Uzma01 Thu 19-Dec-13 23:42:36

It's been interesting to read up about the household appliances that have been reviewed and the car tests.

It'd be good to get more foodie things to review. As yet haven't been as lucky on being picked to review much as I have been with receiving books to review for both the adult and the children's book clubs. I did get the Cadbury's Pebbles, but nothing else. Plus I think it's be good to review activities (board games and the like) next year.

Thanks for the opportunities to share thoughts on threads where we've not been testing - the incentive of vouchers is great, but is nice just to be able to share one's thoughts.

ILoveAFullFridge Fri 20-Dec-13 01:19:33

I would love to test fragrance-free products. So many people have sensitive skin (fragrance allergy is one of the most common causes of contact dermatitis) and it can be difficult to source products. Surcare, Simple and Waitrose Pure are the only widely available ff products that I know of, ff toothpaste is very difficult to get hold of, and I have not been able to find ff hair products at all.

silverlace Fri 20-Dec-13 07:00:11

I was very pleased to win a family cinema ticket. It was a nice surprise as I had forgotten I had done the survey.
We tested a mobile phone for children and some Schwartz cooking products.

I would like to see something about parental controls for tablets and mobile devices. I have my laptop locked down but seem to hit a dead end when it comes to getting my tablet child safe.

zimbamummy Fri 20-Dec-13 07:17:23

I was lucky enough to test the Mr Muscle cleaner which was excellent - I shall be buying it again - but didn't get chosen for any others. However I enjoyed reading the others, particularly the family friendly businesses vote which has actually given me an idea of what I'd like to do after my maternity leave instead of going back to my old job. Now I just need to sign up to a mumsnet academy course smile

MadMonkeys Fri 20-Dec-13 07:49:00

I enjoyed all the product tests i took part in - cif, pebbles, flora buttery,pampers and i think there was something else ive forgotten. Its always good to try something new. How about free from foods for next year? Dd2 is trying dairy again (14m) but it has been a massive learning curve dealing with food allergies for the first time. Free from foods are expensive and can be hard to track down, product tests would help highlight what is available.

ChippyMinton Fri 20-Dec-13 07:50:30

Merry Christmas to all the lovely Insight team.
i had fifteen minutes of fame and a room makeover courtesy of B&Q Unloved Rooms campaign. The highlight was having my photo plastered 10 feet high on a poster in store and in the local paper, much to the amusement of the school run mums.

The Cloudy with meatballs screening was fun, special mention for the posh popcorn.

Thank you fsmile

QueenandKingMum Fri 20-Dec-13 08:14:35

We were very fortunate enough to be able to see despicableme2 and meet the minions. That was a fabulous event. Also we participated on the chocolate insight, and thoroughly enjoyed the samples! Thank you mn!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Fri 20-Dec-13 10:55:48

Good luck Katie smile

I seem to have skilfully managed to avoid being selected to test anything this year despite trying. So just as you know for future, I would be great at testing chilli sauce, chocolate, gadgets and fancy foreign holidays wink

BerryLellow Fri 20-Dec-13 11:21:54

I've enjoyed doing all the tests I've had - especially food ones. The method washing liquid was good - I actually still keep that in my cupboard!

I'd like to try more 'things' next year - would have loved the Samsung test etc smile

Also thank you to MichelleMumsnet for sorting out my Matalan voucher fwink

Best of luck Katie!

serendipity1980 Fri 20-Dec-13 11:36:21

I've really enjoyed being part for Insight panal, we loved trialling the Pebbles. I'd love more make up trials, more kitchen gadgets and beauty gadgets and food. We always love trialling chocolate!! Thank you and Happy Christmas!

Nigglenaggle Fri 20-Dec-13 11:57:05

The tests I enjoyed most were the national trust mystery shop- I would certainly enjoy more mystery shopping - and the Schwartz cookery one. I liked getting a choice of what to make, and doing a recipe a week over a few weeks with lots of others was fun (I don't get out much!). I also liked the red cross one - although it was free anyway I'm just pleased to have found the app.

mammamic Fri 20-Dec-13 11:59:00

Hi. I didn't get selected for much at all but am happy to test anything to do with food, gadgets or kitchen stuff.

Oh - and I'd love to win any of the prizes... grin

Nigglenaggle Fri 20-Dec-13 11:59:55

My biggest disappointments were not being chosen for the chocolate panel, and being outed by my oh as a result of a product test - time to find a new forum nickname grr!

BeCool Fri 20-Dec-13 12:30:21

I really really really wanted to do the Speedo swimming one and ANY thing to do with family films at Westfield.

Pancakeflipper Fri 20-Dec-13 12:39:00

I haven't been testing anything but done the surveys.

I would like to test a steam mop ( think this is my 8th year of shameful begging and my shower really really needs it now).

I would like a testing thing on laundry products especially for those with ezcema etc.

I would like testing on dairy-free products.

I just like getting post and parcels so anything really.

Thank you and bye bye Katiemumsnet.

Im new to the panel so I haven't yet tested anything but I'd love to get involved with anything big or small from cereals, sauces and treats to anything for the children or days out. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Keep up the good work ladies, goodbye KatieBMumsnet and Merry Christmas everyone fsmile xxx

MollyBerry Fri 20-Dec-13 13:41:34

I didn't test anythign but I enjoyed hunting for pebbles on mumsnet

sazzle82 Fri 20-Dec-13 14:05:33

I'm new, so not tested anything yet, but have enjoyed doing the surveys.

I would like to test electrical household products as I can be pretty indecisive about what to buy. Although I'd be chuffed with anything grin

Lent1l Fri 20-Dec-13 14:24:22

I haven't been selected much and for a few I have noticed that having a 1 year old is slightly the wrong age for some of the tests. I enjoy trying to be signed up though and love the variety of things on offer.

Good Luck to KatieB and Merry Christmas to all the MN team.

rachel19784 Fri 20-Dec-13 15:18:38

What have you enjoyed taking part in this year?

I have had a great first year with Mumsnet, Took part in my very 1st discussion and post with Mumsnet, I took part in the Acuvue contact lenses for children and had some great responses to the post I wrote, I also did the Gynaecological post and really opened up and got fantastic responses from the MN readers, It made me really glad I had been brave and admitted personal thoughts and feelings around the issues.

What would you like us to product test next year?

I would love to take part in testing cleaning products and Vacuums as I love cleaning, also pampering items and Toys for my son.

I also won a £200 gift card to spend on a treat like racecar driving or an overnight stay with Dove when I was chosen for my response to a teenage post

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Dec-13 15:36:29

Thank you for all your kind wishes, I'm very sad to be leaving Mumsnet today fsad

Be kind to Ann, TheOtherHelen, Michelle and Angelie - they're distraught quite upset wink

Signing out but still lurking


MegBusset Fri 20-Dec-13 15:43:20

I'm pretty sure I'm on the Insight panel already but I don't think I've been picked to test anything this year. The last thing I can remember doing is the chocolate porridge which was last year I think.

I would really have liked to take part in the National Trust activities, anything else outdoorsy/days out would be fab. And wine. Lots of wine smile

MegBusset Fri 20-Dec-13 15:45:22

Oh I did the Hoops & Crosses one think some of them are still lurking in a cupboard

cather Fri 20-Dec-13 16:25:02

I haven't managed to get on many of the product tests but really enjoyed the Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs screening.

I would love to review skincare products and food products

RedKites Fri 20-Dec-13 19:01:47

I've really enjoyed the product tests I've been part of this year. Thank-you ! We're still using the (refilled) Method washing liquid which we'd never have discovered otherwise.
I'd like more tests of household appliances. Also, maybe a test of reusable nappies by people who currently use disposables? I'd like to know whether people (like me) who are interested but maybe not sure if they are committed enough would end up using them longer term... Even if I wasn't selected I'd be interested how other testers found them.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 20-Dec-13 19:12:58

I can only remember doing the Fissler one this year.

I like ones that all the family can join in with and give their opinions about - the boys still talk about MN every time they're on the Wii!

More regional events would be good. It is very difficult for a good proportion of MN members to get to London, especially at relatively short notice.

I'm quite happy to fill in as many surveys are relevant to me, but i'm speculating that you often have trouble getting enough responses judging by how many repeat email requests i get to do some of them. How about introducing some kind of reward system for completing them? Points make prizes!

BarHumbugBeasty Fri 20-Dec-13 19:51:17

DH is really pleased that BT now seem to be offering a product based on his rant that I included on a family friendly survey.

I liked testing the rapeseed oil.

Would be good to see some foody tests, rather than sauces etc. And more appliances.

MaxineQuordlepleen Fri 20-Dec-13 19:57:56

Haven't tested anything this year. Think I'm too fussy ethical. More Eco products please.

HamletsSister Fri 20-Dec-13 20:03:16

Loved the surveys and the trials of cleaning stuff. Won a George Forman grill and a selection of books - both very welcome. We really enjoy testing things as a family and my older children (11/13) would like to test some things and give feedback as well. Would also be open to giving opinions on a range of things - expensive chocolates, holidays, booze. I am really enjoying this part of the site. Thanks.

beautifulgirls Fri 20-Dec-13 21:12:40

Have been pleased to have the support of the special needs section once again this year. Tried and failed (sob) to product test a few things this year. Perhaps 2014 will be our turn though.

threepiecesuite Fri 20-Dec-13 22:22:19

Gosh I've just remembered that I also tested Palmers Rosehip Oil which was absolutely lovely and I've been buying it ever since.

snowballsandbaileysinashoebox Sat 21-Dec-13 04:26:34

I have been lucky this year, liked the Method and Mr Muscle, have rediscovered Cif, but think carefully before you tick the box to say you can film a trial. I spent an afternoon being bossed about by ds filming me while I pranced about cleaning my oven. The family found it all very entertaining and I fell into a vat of gin. Very clean oven though. The thing which surprised me was the level of support, phone calls from MN towers with advice on how to shot a video no less. All very interesting and fun, oh and a hamper from Cif too.

Also won family cinema tickets, an Amazon voucher for a Talk Talk survey, enjoyed the Rapeseed oil which we still use and the Flora one I must comment on.

The highlight was being chosen to test out the Freestat box though, still can't quite believe that one, just brilliant and I never thought that I would fit a demographic.

Maybe the review time for things like the box should continue for longer especially at Christmas time when it rather comes into it's own with recording etc. We only had to review it twice and it does take time to get to know a products foibles.

Like reading reviews, found the steam mop reviews helpful and enjoyed the B&Q ones.

I think there is a wide range of things although as others have said maybe a bit more for teens and yes to testing out an icey tek and camping stuff.

Good luck in your new job KatieB.

strongurgetofly Sat 21-Dec-13 08:43:56

I wasn't lucky enough to be picked for any product trials but I did win £200 Asda vouchers which more than made up for it! Yay Mumsnet!

strongurgetofly Sat 21-Dec-13 08:45:05

Oh whoops, I take it back, I was tasked to trial BT parental controls: blinkin' PITA!

JParkson Sat 21-Dec-13 10:01:10

Hi MN,

This year has been challenging for us as a household, but MN certainly gave me some fabulous highlights... A £300 B&Q voucher for unloved rooms and an iPad which I'm posting from now to name my biggest! thanks thank you sooooooooo much! thanks

I have also been lucky enough to have been sent a flora buttery voucher, and an Alfie book. I was also chosen for the Cadburys Pebbles challenge, but I didn't get round to using them fblush DH and DS enjoyed munching them in the end!

Whenever I am chosen, I never take it for granted, and I feel a valued member of this community. I love that DH is quietly stunned at the generosity of these product tests and competitions.

I have enjoyed watching the George Foreman videos, and seeing the way that other MNers used their B&Q vouchers, both in the house and in the garden.

What would I like to see next year? Er, I have no preference really! Maybe something for older children (10yr-old-going-on-15yr-old DS here lol fgrin ) or something for DH to try (without sounding sexist or winding up our feminist crew fwink)

KatieBMumsnet, I am sorry to see you go - I loved seeing each of your emails come through, and I shall miss them greatly! Good luck in your new position thanks

Wishing all MNers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year fwink

hanbee Sat 21-Dec-13 16:33:24


We've loved being part of the insight panel this year. Especially creating dinosaurs with Cadburys Pebbles and going to Table Table.

Thanks MN!

ataraxia Sat 21-Dec-13 19:33:16

I'd certainly like to participate in product tests in the new year - electronics, especially phones or cameras, would be especially good, but anything really!

I'm much more aware of the MN surveys than of the product tests. Often I find myself on the 'non-testers' side of feedback forums. If all the test aren't currently mentioned in the email newsletter roundups, it would be great if they could be!

MoogDroog Sat 21-Dec-13 22:36:57

I have so enjoyed this year on Mumsnet! fsmile

I was lucky enough to try the Samsung S4 Active and enjoyed the challenges that were part of that, but also the chat on the thread, helping each other out with things.

Also really enjoyed the Method test (I'm a convert), the Rosehip oil and currently testing the Flora. My peanut butter never arrived though, but hey-ho. I consider myself very lucky this year, thank you!

As for next year, I'd like to test out more products for the DCs - maybe clothes, footwear. Chocolate would be lovely too!

kelzw84 Sun 22-Dec-13 00:00:16

enjoyed taking part and anwsering survays
getting to know and understand the site a little more.
not won anything yet but not giving up hope yet. smile

AndHarry Sun 22-Dec-13 12:43:29

1. I really enjoyed doing the Kelo-Cote test, although DH wanted to know why I was taking photos of myself in my knickers! I would like to say I enjoyed doing the Cof cream video but actually I was terrified. I did enjoy visiting Mothercare in Edmonton with the DC though and we had a lovely family meal at Table Table, thankyou.

2. I would be very interested in testing an underwater hotel as they seem to be topical grin I missed out on the Toyota tests and would have loved to do those.

Bye KatieB, thankyou and best of luck.

I enjoy reading the threads, but am a bit lazy about signing up to take part. New year's resolution for me.

skyeskyeskye Sun 22-Dec-13 17:14:14

During the year I consider myself very lucky to have been selected for several product trials, my favourite being the Tesco F & F clothing one. I have also had crisps, stock cubes, cleaning materials, headlice treatment, and I was lucky enough to win £100 M & S voucher just before last Christmas and a pair of Clarks sandals during the year.

I would like to see more tests for washing liquid, toiletries and food items. The school uniform one was brilliant, but a little rushed as we had about 2 weeks before the end of the summer term to buy the uniform and test it. A more sensible trial would be to buy it ready for September and see how it lasts, with having to answer surveys maybe every 3 months or for the first few months, to see how it really lasts.

I don't apply for things like test driving cars, or film screenings as they are never near to me. The cruise ship one sounded great, but too far for me to travel. I love the ones with coffee machines, steam mops etc, but have never been selected for one of those sadly.

shoom Sun 22-Dec-13 17:32:33

I wasn't selected for any Organix trials but appreciated being able to give feedback and hear about the new range.

I'd like to see trials of items that are mentioned in the "good housekeeping" section, so things like ecloths (are they different to the cloths in pound shops?) Lakeland products would be good too.

In general, I would like to see product trials of the items that I tend to replace with an identical product in my supermarket trolley. Breakfast cereal, cleaning stuff (especially, method, ecover or astonish). The holy grail would be finding a toddler cup that didn't leak and lunchbox or lunch bbag that is a size that suits.

bluebump Sun 22-Dec-13 21:42:35

This year I got to trial:

Rapeseed oil which was great, I will be repurchasing when mine runs out.

Cif, again great and I used it up in no time so will also buy again. The Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner was good too.

I would love to trial any style and beauty or household items, I love trying things before I buy! I always read the reviews by people that were lucky enough to get picked for all these things but would always love to be the one trying them grin

UKcanuck Sun 22-Dec-13 22:33:51

I didn't get selected for anything sad but I enjoyed being part of the panel. Found the discussions interesting and it opened my eyes to products I wouldn't otherwise have known about. I enjoyed the surveys, especially ones where dcs could get involved (book covers etc) and would love to see more food and cleaning products tests (both glutton and saddo?). It's been fun so far!

helivalentin Sun 22-Dec-13 23:13:23

I was chosen to go and see the preview of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with my kids. We were really looking forward to it but in the end somethign came up and the kids weren't able to go. It was upsetting but it was nice to know it was easy to cancel as there were lots of people on a waiting list.

I love taking part in any kind of research as you know it means a lot to the companies involved to hear the opinions of your average consumer. It's nice to know your opinion matters!

SpicedTeaAndXmasCakeOrDeath Mon 23-Dec-13 08:28:33

I've loved testing everything I've been selected for, think my favourite (well the DSs) was the ELC toys

Would love to test either more toys, food/drink or considering we're looking to move to a wreck of a house any household things! Anything from pans to fridges would be amazing!

Am already a panel member

I took part in the cleaning fluid trial, enjoyed it (got something free, what's not to like) it was interesting to hear others opinions of the same product.

I really really really wanted to take part in the b&q gift voucher one. I loved looking at the before and afters and wished I could've done that too - please do a similar one!! It was great to see how far the gift voucher went and what people chose to do with it. smile

Spirael Mon 23-Dec-13 11:18:07

I've been selected for a number of the smaller product tests throughout the year. It feels a little like winning a competition when I'm selected! I enjoy testing products thoroughly and giving constructive feedback, in the hope that the manufacturers find it useful.

I particularly liked the tests which we could do as a whole family. We enjoyed being creative with Cadburys Pebbles, sampling Flora Buttery and (admittedly it was the year before) we also enjoyed taste testing the various Appletizer flavours.

I was a bit disappointed not to have been chosen for any of the B&Q projects - I applied for every single one and we really could have done something amazing if we'd been selected. I was also mildly disappointed not to have been chosen for one of the Toyota car tests, when we met the criteria perfectly and live less than five miles from one of the listed dealerships. But I guess there were lots of other people that applied for both, so a lot of people were always going to be disappointed!

Already on the panel, but will need to add DC2 once they arrive next year!

IamInvisible Mon 23-Dec-13 12:55:02

I didn't get selected for anything despite filling in every surgery I was eligible for.

I'd like to see more trials aimed at teens.

unquietmind Mon 23-Dec-13 13:29:10

I will try anything. And I mean anything. We are a big family with lots of different needs so nearly all of the testers this year have applied to us. I am just sad not to be chosen for as much! The big one we got which we enjoyed thoroughly was the Premier Inn / Table Table restaurant dinner which was lovely. Other bonuses were Method and Mr Muscle testers and I am sure we did much more.

Whatever you bring out I am sure I will apply for but not baby stuff for me as I am not having more at present!

Cleaning, eating, gadgets, clothes, everything.

JugglingUnwiselyWithBaubles Mon 23-Dec-13 17:02:14

I enjoyed testing the Bisto stock melts, but that was probably last year - and I got a nice selection of "Joseph Joseph" pot stirrers as a thank-you which have been a great addition to my kitchen - wouldn't go back to wooden spoons now unless I had to!

Haven't been asked to test anything recently - can you check I'm on your list as I'd love to test something else

androbbob Mon 23-Dec-13 20:39:02

Tested a couple of things here, Cadbury pebbles, National Trust family friendliness, oh and a Samsing Galaxy Active 4 mobile phone, which I love!!

Would like more food to test and child friendly lunchtime snacks and some decent kitchenware.

Thanks for the opportunity ot take part.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 24-Dec-13 00:06:59

I don't think I have tried anything this year, I was chosen for the coleman packets but DS2 decided to show up 5 weeks early and I became a bit distracted!

I have in the past tried Metanium (which I now buy all the time and still have their wipe clean planner on my kitchen wall), eco cleaner and the Chicco toy test. I wasn't too sold on the Chicco toy at the time due to a height issue but actually my DS1 loved it and it's still in the garden for him when we have some dry weather (I would be happy to change my feedback for that one, if you like).

I'm another one who is going to the Pampers factory in January and I am really excited about that one! It's the only nappies and pull up pants that we use now, for both the kids, so I cannot wait to go and see all the demos etc.

I do like filling in the surveys that get emailed to me, when I catch them <must clean up my inbox!>

I'd also love to try one of those robot hoovers! Also a make up trial, it's always good to get away from feeling like "just a Mum" occasionally. A baby clothes one would be good too!

Good luck Katie. smile

Supermam Tue 24-Dec-13 00:36:10

Really enjoy reading the product reviews. I've filled out a few surveys, but don't think I'm on a panel. (Am I ?!) Would love to test out products. (Sigh...)

Supermam Tue 24-Dec-13 00:48:18

Oh, forgot to say - could you test clothes for pre-teens? Also more household goods - food processors & bread-makers vary a lot.

Littlemisschristmas Tue 24-Dec-13 10:40:52

Pampers factory???!! Very jealous of that one!!

janx Tue 24-Dec-13 12:27:10

I really enjoyed going to both screenings - cloudy with a chance of meatballs and despicable Me 2. I even met someone I knew but didn't know she was a mums netter! Product-wise I tried Method and was really impressed and nothing else was sent although I applied for lots of things. Would like more toys for older children to test - happy to do most thing really wink

I would like to see more smaller product tests. I really rely on reviews to choose things I buy, esp electrical stuff things like irons, home phones etc

However I won a brand new top of the range washing machine and tumble drier this year so I can't moan about not being chosen ever again fgrin

GoodKingWencesLACK Tue 24-Dec-13 23:52:15

Gosh we have had a lovely year thanks to insight

the George Foreman Day was great fun; I learnt some new ways of using a George and met someone I had been chatting to online for years grin

also got chosen to test the Karcher steam cleaner which has revolutionised my floor cleaning regime (and even got me some new cushionfloor since the first go took up the edges of the self adhesive tiles; mental note to self...if in doubt, read the instructions blush )

Minions and Cloudy 2 were brilliant days out; the kids had an absolute blast and I really enjoyed them as well, meeting MNers and some HQ staff and enjoying all that was on offer. Kids still talking about them months later smile

We had two sorts of crisps, have been picked for Flora (even though no voucher as yet!!) and I'm sure there was something else? some garnier face cream? though thet may have been the year before!

Great stuff; thanks very very much for the opportunities MN grin

And Gook Luck for the future KatieB smile

tootssweet Thu 26-Dec-13 14:10:25

We were really lucky in the Sweet household to get to go to Chessington World of Adventures & the Cloudy 2 screening. Both were a distance from home, but we made them into a family trip with the dc's & had lots of fun doing so. Actually we have been extremely fortunate this year as we also got to do a Table Table review in Lincoln which turned into a fab day trip. So lots of lovely family experiences thank you

I also was a Clinique tester which has grown on me and I think the shade I got suits my winter complexion better. We also taste-tested hoops & crosses, rice puddings for toddlers. This has been great for my dd who is now becoming quite vocal about products & likes that her opinion matters to someone (as does the rest of the family!)

Food & experiences have gone down well with us. Electrics would be good and things that happen around the country would also be brilliant. I do like reading other mners reviews of cinema screenings or places to visit as it is always good to have a parents perspective before setting out so that you can prepare yourself & the rest of the family!

I like filling out surveys on my commute into work, it helps pass the journey. Keep it all coming - it's a blast! Thank you

SnowyMouse Thu 26-Dec-13 20:10:02

I'm enjoying being part of the chocolate forum.

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 26-Dec-13 21:55:39

My favourite was the supermarket testing. Felt like a secret agent taking photo of the store demo people !
The Fissler one was great too - got a fab new stock pot
I enjoy filling in the surveys as it passes the time on commutes.

androbbob Thu 26-Dec-13 22:11:11

Oh I had forgotten about that one! Me and the DC thought it was really amusing!

Choccyjules Thu 26-Dec-13 23:22:51

Filled in loads of surveys but not been chosen as a tester/reviewer yet...always wonder if it's my age, DC age or where I live which rules me out!
Not sure what to request in terms of further products to review as there always seems to be a good mix of stuff. notthatieverseeanyofit fwink

RockinAroundTheXmasTreeHippy Fri 27-Dec-13 01:40:15

Good luck Katie

I was only selected for a product test once, so I don't know if its relevant to all, but worth mentioning just incase...

We had a delay in recieving the goods (Helmans mayo) & when it did arrive it was school holidays here, so not able to test properly as per the brief & by the time were DCs back at School (& DH back at work) so I could do it properly - it had finished confused

So maybe more leeway with time to allow for delays would be helpful to testers smile

Jamdoughnutfiend Fri 27-Dec-13 02:09:52

I loved being part of the toyota extended test drive, it was really amazing and we are seriously considering a hybrid for our next car.

We didn't receive the Mr Muscle cleaner, although I got an email saying we had been selected and the chocolate forum has been really interesting, albeit a bit repetitive in terms of the questions and concepts.

Agree more product tests would be good, household stuff like a vacuum, as I will need a new one soon and I tend to consult mumsnet for my household electrical purchases

Have loved taking part in the panel and thanks for all the great opportunities!

ShrekTheHalls Fri 27-Dec-13 02:10:10

did a few tests last year, none this year sad
I've completed lots of surveys this year tho smile
we'd absolutely love to go to some of the film previews or days out, we've mostly given feedback for food items so far.

AlaskaNebraska Fri 27-Dec-13 02:16:03

I do think some of the endless baking ones are dull. And convinced no one at thE company gives a flying fuck what you actually cook

Sixgeese Fri 27-Dec-13 12:35:46

I only seem to get different types of cheese to review....chocolate would be nice for a change.

Dd2 and I enjoyed meeting other mumsnetters at the Mothercare event, which helpfully was at my local store, she loved her goody bag.

Dh also seemed to like the Barclays panel test he went to.

Hopefully we can look forward to some more items and events in the NY.

We've enjoyed all that we have tested this year, I can't remember if the youview box was this year or last but we are still loving it. I love the technology based reviews even if I'm not chosen to test as I like to keep up with what's coming out and I value other mumsnetters reviews as they don't mind saying if something is rubbish!

LaTrucha Fri 27-Dec-13 16:31:52

I have enjoyed things I have tested in the past, but I don't think I have been selected at all this year, so I suppose I would rather be selected! I would also like to know why. Perhaps I am too average!

I quite enjoy filling out surveys though, and I particularly enjoyed winning a competition. Thanks mumsnet!

ladygoingGaga Fri 27-Dec-13 16:48:59

I've loved being part of the surveys and tests, been lucky and tested Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner, which was good, and the cadbury pebbles, which my DS loved using to decorate cakes with.

The chocolate forum has been good, although the questions were repetitive sometimes, I've enjoyed shaping the future of chocolate!

telsa Fri 27-Dec-13 20:31:42

Loved the preview for Cloudy and the children thought it was amazing! Would love more of that! Book previews/reviews and app reviews have been fun. just wish there was more I was picked for! Would love to win a big prize, but never have....

Next year, would love to do days out reviews....English heritage properties, museums, upmarket theme parks etc. also mystery dining style stuff for families.
More books.
More film previews
Food tastings
Family, DVDs

Twinkletights Sat 28-Dec-13 08:46:30

This years insight tests have been fabulous. The introduction of photos has really made a difference. I really enjoyed the B&Q garden make over challenge and had so much fun with DH and DCs planning, shopping, improving and the enjoying the new garden. It was inspiring to see what the other mumsnetters were doing and the pictures.

The Cloudy 2 screening was a great event. The DCs loved every minute of it and still talk about it. The event was really well planned and executed.

I also enjoy reading about the smaller product tests and other mners feedback and tips.

Next year it would be good to see more family orientated tests and family gadgets. I need all the hints and tips I can get for improving the organising and running of the family home.

Thank you MN

whattoWHO Sat 28-Dec-13 10:45:40

We've really enjoyed product testing.
The Coleman's trial was great, we've continued using their products in this way.
We were selected for the cadbury pebbles, but felt quite inadequate when we saw the masterpieces everyone else had produced!
We've trialled a few cleaning products.
I'd love to be involved in screenings next year, or testing days out.
I'm always happy to trial gadgets, new food/drink products and services.

BadMissM Sat 28-Dec-13 11:23:48

I enjoyed doing the surveys, was glad I could maybe make a difference to SOMETHING!!

I wish that I had been selected to test SOMETHING! ANYTHING!!! I would have loived to do it. Crossing my fingers I might get picked this year...

I enjoyed reading about products and services, for if/when I get the chance to change, I can make more of an informed choice....particularly the Toyota Auris...(DH would love one)

Product test next year? Lots more family-friendliness...would love a campaign to get changing/feeding rooms in all shopping centres....I live in the North West and we are particularly badly done-to. More toys covering more ages, more household products/tech. Train and bus companies family-friendliness (to shame some of them into it???). I have loved doing everything I have been asked to!!

mouseymummy Sat 28-Dec-13 12:41:50

Katie sad good lick with all you do.

I've really enjoyed testing the organix stuff with dd2. I'mpretty sure sshe's enjoyed it too!!

I got to test the pebbles too but like most cadburys products, they weren't as good as I would have thought sad

The cleaning stuff has been great.

I can't wait to see what is up to test in 2014 smile

starlight36 Sat 28-Dec-13 17:34:29

I've enjoyed my first year as a panel member. The Method detergent test was particularly good as this was a brand we hadn't tried before and have continued to use it since.

Food tests always go down well in our family and are a good excuse to try something new - hopefully will get our Flora voucher soon to compete that test. Toy tests would also be very popular!

llynnnn Sat 28-Dec-13 21:51:08

I particularly enjoyed the blossom hill vie one! The whole family enjoyed the schwarz cooking one and trying the new dishes.
Would love to test more toys and cleaning products as I tend to stick to the same old favourites because I daren't risk buying a dud!
Good luck on your new job Katie!
Happy new year to all of mumsnet smile

ShouldEAUldAcquaintanceBeForgo Sun 29-Dec-13 14:48:02

I get my years mixed up and I can't remember what I did this year. I don't think I got selected for much, but I like doing product trials if it's something I'm interested in. We also tried the Method laundry soap and we still use it but I didn't bother entering a lot of the other product trials.

I'd like to see tests for less house-wifey stuff. I know that companies want testers that are likely to buy their products, but my interest in cooking and cleaning is pretty limited. Some DIY and gardening stuff would be good. Days out would be great too!

mjmooseface Sun 29-Dec-13 18:28:10

Ooh I just had another idea of good product tests. Coach day trips. Especially for people/groups/couples/families etc where no one drives or they have no car who might rely on such public transport-y ways to have a nice day out somewhere. It could be in the guise of mystery shopping and we would give feedback on how well families were catered for on those trips?

Anything Midlands-y based is a major win, too! ;)

woodchuck Sun 29-Dec-13 18:58:24

I haven't been selected to test anything as yet, but I did commemt on a thread ad a non tester for the Colemans thing, and won £150 M&S vouchers which has kept me in buffet food all through Christmas.

I would be up for testing anything, especially home and cleaning things and skincare. Would also like to fo some family activities/movie screenings

annieno1 Sun 29-Dec-13 20:42:51

I love doing reviews send any my way and I will do a good review

Madmumof7 Mon 30-Dec-13 08:40:01

My children have enjoyed creating recipes with the food items we have been sent but I haven't been lucky enough to have been selected for any gadgets which I would love. I wouldn't mind trying out a car either! I seem to be sent offers sporadically - none for ages then three together. Has been a fun 1st year for me though!

I loved the Mr Muscle Touch Up. And we always love food so Flora Buttery was welcome. And Fruit n Fibre bread (was that this year?). British Red Cross taught me heaps. Always keen to test age appropriate toys

HazeltheMcWitch Mon 30-Dec-13 17:39:58

I don't seem to have been chosen for much this year either sad ! I tried the method (was that this year?), which I love and still buy, and the Mr Muscle touch up cleaner, which I was very skeptical about, but I really liked! I was also selected for the Flora Buttery, but the voucher never arrived. My best thing was probably the family cinema tickets, which I won and was very grateful for. Ooh - I was not selected for it, but reading all the positive comments on the Cif thread made me buy it - I'd not have even considered it otherwise.

For the future? More of the same, there have been some amazing trials this year. My other thought was could you revisit some of the trials - especially for the bigger-ticket items - eg 1yr, 18 mths on? It'd be really interesting to see how often people really use the steam mops, how the youview boxes etc last...

monkeymax58 Wed 01-Jan-14 13:16:55

I got a Tassimo coffee machine which was and is fabulous! Love it.

Also did Cadburys Pebbles which was fun with ds2.

I would like to test days out for children, restaurant reviews and more foodie products.


Thanks Mumsnet.

KrabbyPatty Wed 01-Jan-14 17:37:27

We did the extended Rav4 test drive and it was fabulous. I have just watched the video for the first time. We are going to replace both cars this year, so this really gave us food for thought.

Housekeeping trials are always of interest to me. I am hugely influenced my MNers opinions!

SE13Mummy Wed 01-Jan-14 22:28:39

what you've enjoyed doing insight-wise this year or what you've appreciated reading about
~ Post on the thread any suggestions for product tests etc you'd like to see next year (no promises but we can try!)
~ Join the panel

I've only been selected for a couple of things this year - the 1stfone mobile phone product test and the Morpurgo edition of Pinocchio - but have filled in lots of surveys.

Being selected for the 1stfone was fantastic. DD1 (aged 8) was the tester and she was pleased that although it worked like a phone there was no way anyone would want to mug her for it...not that they were likely to when she was at ballet or orchestra! We chose to keep the phone when the trial ended as we liked how it worked i.e. no digit buttons, can only call the numbers it's programmed to, friendly customer service people. At a festival in the summer DD proudly wore her 1stfone around her neck with her festival lanyard. Lots of people asked her/us about it and these days she wears it quite happily when she goes off to orchestra etc.

The Pinocchio book was a lovely pre-Christmas surprise.

In 2014 I'd like there to be lots of product tests for things such as days out, holidays (that don't have to be taken in term-time) and hi-tech gadgets that 'everyone else' in DD1's class already owns!

If that's not possible then how about a Government Minister-Mumsnetter job swap? I'll nominate myself to swap roles with Michael Gove for a week or two...

Bubbles85 Thu 02-Jan-14 06:55:37

~ what you've enjoyed doing this year

I liked trying new Flora Buttery as I wouldn't have tried t otherwise and t was really nice!

~ suggestions for product tests etc

More baby products to test, like nappies or new wipes that are available

boptanana Thu 02-Jan-14 19:53:02

I haven't been selected for many, still yet to receive my flora vouchers despite being emailed about getting them . I would enjoy trying out anything and find opinions on most things helpful to read!

michele1970 Thu 02-Jan-14 20:43:06

Hello there, I have just joined the panel so am looking forward to getting to know everybody and reviewing any products you think are suitable. If I could choose one product to review this year it would be a Dyson as my 9 year old model is on its last legs!

All the best to you KatieBMumsnet in whatever new ventures you pursue.

florencebabyjo Fri 03-Jan-14 08:53:24

I loved the Ovo research panel and still have a few months left of that one.I'd love to test more household appliances and time saving devices i the kitchen especially. It would be good to test kitchen gadgets and more games for children. Maybe pet foods and washing liquids etc would be good too.
How about testing and reviewing spa days or even weekends! Local hotels would also be great!

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 07-Jan-14 10:33:30

Thank you for all your comments and suggestions smile

The prize draw winners are:
MmeLindor, who wins the George Foreman grill
BeCool, who wins the Method bundle
ataraxia, Supermam, unquietmind and SantasSprouts all win a sharing pack of Magnum chocolates.
Congratulations! I'll be PMing all of you shortly smile

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